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Politicians argue over role of Slovak troops

Parliament must give a new mandate to Slovak chemical-warfare defence troops for them to be used in Iraq, according to opposition party Smer's Robert Fico.

"If they are going to carry out the standard work of chemical forces, those are typical combat operations," said Fico on Slovak television on March 23, adding that their mandate did not cover that.

Foreign Affairs Minister Eduard Kukan replied that no further agreement was needed from parliament because the original resolution was not dependent on any new UN mandate but on the existing mandate on Iraq.

Compiled by Conrad Toft from press reports.
The Slovak Spectator cannot vouch for the accuracy of the information presented in its Flash News postings.

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