Military on Cultural Sensitivity Exercise in Amsterdam
AMSTERDAM, 15/06/13 - Soldiers are to visit immigrant districts in Amsterdam next week to exercise negotiating techniques in a multicultural society, De Telegraaf newspaper reported Friday.
With an eye to future missions in non-Western conflict areas, the defence ministry considers it important that soldiers in the battalion who specialise in communication with the local population during missions, train in a so-called 'live environment'. The Amsterdam districts selected for the training are West and Nieuw-West.
Between Monday 17 and Friday 21 June, the districts will form a fictional mission area. Soldiers will learn to take diverse political, cultural, religious, social, economic and humanitarian aspects into account, according to the paper.