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More Slovak soldiers to deploy to Bosnia

SLOVAKIA will deploy 43 additional peacekeepers to the southern parts of Bosnia and Herzegovina in 2011, the cabinet agreed at its session on November 24. Their mission will be to monitor the region and remain in contact with representatives of the regional self-government within the defined area of the unit's operation, the SITA newswire reported.

SLOVAKIA will deploy 43 additional peacekeepers to the southern parts of Bosnia and Herzegovina in 2011, the cabinet agreed at its session on November 24. Their mission will be to monitor the region and remain in contact with representatives of the regional self-government within the defined area of the unit's operation, the SITA newswire reported.

The cabinet approved a draft proposal to terminate the operation of the guard platoon of the Slovak Armed Forces in the EUFOR-ALTHEA military operation in Bosnia and to redeploy members of the armed forces to this new military operation as jointly submitted by the defence and foreign affairs departments.

The proposal now needs to be approved by parliament.

Next year the Slovak soldiers should be in charge of the ‘contact service’ in cooperation with governmental and non-governmental organisations as well as international organisations working within the territory of the military operation, with the goal of ensuring an adequate reaction by the EU in the event of potential changes in the security situation.


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