Oct 262012
 

Prime Minister John Key says the Afghan interpreters left out of a resettlement package announced today are eligible to apply as refugees.

The Government today confirmed it would offer 23 interpreters currently employed by the Provincial Reconstruction Team (PRT) in Bamiyan, and their immediate dependents – about 73 people in total – the opportunity to either come to New Zealand or accept a three-year salary payment so that they can relocate elsewhere in Afghanistan.

However, former Afghan interpreters forced into hiding after serving with Kiwi troops are “heartbroken” after being excluded from the deal.

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