Spain sends 1,000 troops to join UN in Lebanon
25 August 2006, MADRID — Spain said on Friday it is to send a military force to support the UN peacekeeping troops in Lebanon.
25 August 2006
MADRID — Spain said on Friday it is to send a military force to support the UN peacekeeping troops in Lebanon.
Though no numbers were confirmed, it appeared likely that Madrid will send 1,000 'blue helmets' from a mechanised battalion to join a total military presence of up to 15,000 troops.
Miguel Ángel Moratinos, foreign minister, said: "Spain will support a reinforced force."
He stressed the Spanish forces will be "significant and important".
José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero held a meeting with his cabinet before joining an European Union council of ministers meeting in Paris.
The EU was to have a later meeting with Kofi Annan, UN secretary general in Brussels.
France is to lead the multi-national force with 2,000 troops while Italy will send up to 3,000.
Other countries to send military support will include Bangladesh (up to 2,000 troops), Malaysia (one battalion) Indonesia (one battalion, an engineering company), Nepal (one battalion), Denmark (two ships) Finland (250), Belgium (302) Germany (maritime and border patrols but no combat troops) and Norway (100).
[Copyright EFE with Expatica]
Subject: Spanish news