The Slovak anti-chemical unit currently stationed in Kuwait is to cross the border into Iraq to help provide drinking water for the people of Basra, Defence Minister Ivan Šimko informed the government yesterday.
"The situation in Kuwait is already calm and all but stable, whereas chaos reigns and there is a state of humanitarian emergency in southern Iraq," he explained.
The minister added that he believed this move was covered by the original mandate, under which Slovak soldiers were sent to aid in the defence of Kuwait.
Compiled by Conrad Toft from press reports.
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24. Apr 2003 at 10:10