EU approves German-led operation in Congo

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12 June 2006, LUXEMBOURG/WILHELMSHAVEN, GERMANY - European Union ministers on Monday gave the formal go-ahead to the bloc's military operation in the Democratic Republic of Congo, with deployment of troops in the country expected to be completed before national elections to be held on July 30.

12 June 2006

LUXEMBOURG/WILHELMSHAVEN, GERMANY - European Union ministers on Monday gave the formal go-ahead to the bloc's military operation in the Democratic Republic of Congo, with deployment of troops in the country expected to be completed before national elections to be held on July 30.

The German-led EU operation, aimed at providing support to United Nations troops already in Congo, is expected to last for four months, with German forces operating in the capital, Kinshasa.

The bulk of German troops are scheduled to begin arriving July 10 in war-torn Congo on a security mission, German Defence Minister Franz Josef Jung told Deutsche Presse-Agentur late Sunday in Wilhelmshaven, Germany.

An advance team is already in place to make preparations for the main contingent of more than 500 troops.

Germany's parliament, the Bundestag, voted to send a total of 780 troops to participate in the Congo with a European Union mission to secure the African country's first free elections.

DPA

Subject: German news

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