SLOVAKIA spent approximately €26.3 million on foreign missions in 2013, with the bulk of the sum - €25.35 million - covered from the budget of the Defence Ministry, the TASR newswire cited from the Report on Slovakia's Activities within the 2013 International Crisis Management set, to be discussed by the cabinet on April 23.
In total, Slovakia was involved in 10 missions and operations, with the largest military presence assigned to NATO's ISAF operation in Afghanistan. In late 2013, 289 soldiers were dispatched to five provinces: Kabul, Wardak, Nangarhar, Uruzgan and Kandahar. Slovakia also contributed in Afghanistan to the civilian EU-led mission EUPOL, assigning two Slovak policemen in the role of consultants to the Kabul Command, according to the report.
The second largest foreign operation for Slovakia was the UNFICYP mission in Cyprus, where Slovak soldiers numbering 157 and two police officers took part.
Slovakia also participated in international crisis management in the EUFOR ALTHEA military operation in Bosnia and Herzegovina and NATO Command in Sarajevo, where 36 Slovak Armed Forces members were stationed.
Six police officers also took part in the EULEX mission, aimed to bolster the rule of law in Kosovo. Another three officers and one member of the Financial Administration were despatched to EUBAM border mission for Moldova and Ukraine.
Slovakia also took part in the EU-led EUMM observer mission in Georgia, a police consultancy mission in Kyrgyzstan, the UNTSO mission in the Middle East and EUPOL COPPS in territories of Palestine.
Compiled by Michaela Terenzani from press reports.
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22. Apr 2014 at 10:00