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PublishDate: Thursday, August 15, 2013 10:09

British PM handed 70,000-name Afghan petition

A former soldier who has served in Afghanistan, said Britain owed the interpreters a “huge debt”.

Winston Churchill’s great-grandson on Wednesday delivered a petition with more than 70,000 signatures to Prime Minister David Cameron’s office, demanding action to protect Afghan interpreters who have served with British troops. Alexander Perkins, a former soldier who has served two tours in Afghanistan himself, said Britain owed the interpreters a “huge debt” and they would be “sent to their deaths” if they were not offered asylum.

Some 600 Afghan interpreters who served on the frontline with British forces are being offered UK visas under a relocation package announced in May, while around 600 others will qualify for training or education in Afghanistan as well as payment for up to five years. But Perkins, 27, said that the deal falls “short of the mark” as it offers only five-year visas rather than permanent residence in Britain. (The Nation)

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