Zapatero to send 700 peacekeepers to Lebanon

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14 August 2006, MADRID — Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero is expected to send 700 Spanish troops to Lebanon as part of an international peacekeeping force, it was reported Monday.

14 August 2006

MADRID —  Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero is expected to send 700 Spanish troops to Lebanon as part of an international peacekeeping force, it was reported Monday.

The move follows a phone conversation on Sunday between Zapatero and Lebanese prime minister Fouad Siniora, who asked the Spanish leader to provide troops for the U.N.-backed force.

Spain's Congress must approve any deployment of Spanish forces as part of the planned contingent of up to 15,000 troops authorised to monitor a withdrawal of Israeli soldiers from southern Lebanon and help enforce a ceasefire which started on Monday.

"There is a round of contacts between Zapatero and the leaders of political forces," a defence ministry spokeswoman said.

Spain's opposition Popular Party, the second largest in Congress after the governing Socialist Party, backs a deployment of troops in the planned U.N. force, a spokesman said.

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Subject: Spanish news

 

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