Germany may send 500 troops to Congo: report
10 February 2006, TAORMINA, ITALY/BERLIN - Germany may send up to 500 troops to the Democratic Republic of Congo as part of a United Nations mission, a report said Friday.
10 February 2006
TAORMINA, ITALY/BERLIN - Germany may send up to 500 troops to the Democratic Republic of Congo as part of a United Nations mission, a report said Friday.
Chancellor Angela Merkel wants to deploy between 300 and 500 non-combat troops along with France which plans to send battle groups, said the newspaper Die Welt.
A German Defence Ministry spokeswoman declined to initially comment on the story.
Germany plans to send air force transport planes including medevac jets with medical personnel, engineers and logistics experts, the report said.
German Defence Minister Franz Josef Jung, speaking at a NATO meeting in Taormina, Italy, insisted there was still no final decision on whether European troops would be dispatched to Congo.
A European Union fact-finding mission would present a report next week, he said, adding: "If the UN decides such a mandate and asks Europe to help then we will not shirk such a request."
Jung declined to speculate on how many soldiers Germany would contribute to a Congo mission other than underlining Berlin would not take a "lead role" in any such operation.
Subject: German news