The mandate for the number of Slovak soldiers serving in the ISAF operation in Afghanistan is to be increased from the current 314 to 348, according to a proposal drafted by the Defence and Foreign Ministries and approved by parliament on Tuesday, December 7.
A total of 299 Slovak soldiers are actually serving under the ISAF mission at present. Apart from their current activities, which mainly involve disarming unexploded bombs, they will also support and train Afghan armed forces. The number of Slovak officers at ISAF command will also be raised, from six to twelve, the TASR newswire wrote.
As of January, Slovakia will also strengthen its presence in the EU-ALTHEA operation in Bosnia and Herzegovina from 40 troops to 48.
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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8. Dec 2010 at 10:00