President concerned about security of troops in Iraq and Afghanistan

President Ivan Gašparovič met with Defence Minister Juraj Liška to learn more about the situation involving Slovak contingents active in Iraq and Afghanistan, the president's spokesman Marek Trubač told news wire TASR on August 7.

He was especially interested in the security situation and the reported deficiencies in the technical, material and medical equipment at their disposal.

Liška confirmed that the unit will obtain seven 'Tatrapan' armoured vehicles, which should be inspected and prepared in the Military Repair Company (VOP), in Trenčín, by the end of the month.

Additional vehicles, which had been used by the military in the recently-completed mission in Eritrea, will also be transported to Iraq.

The defence ministry had also ordered 20 Aligator-type vehicles and an agreement with the VOP should be signed this week.

"The construction alone of these vehicles takes about 12-14 months," added the minister.

President Gašparovič also spoke to Liska about the threat of global terrorism and asked him to include this perspective into the modus operandi of the armed services nationwide.

In this respect Liška told the president about the on-going updates to the strategic and security manifestos in this sphere, adding that the terrorist threat will represent the central theme in the prepared documents.

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

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