French troops 'may guard Iraqi borders'

23rd January 2004, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, Jan 22 (AFP) - France could send a force to protect the borders of Iraq once the US-led coalition has handed over sovereignty to the Iraqi people, the American charge d'affaires in Paris Alejandro Wolff said Thursday.

PARIS, Jan 22 (AFP) - France could send a force to protect the borders of Iraq once the US-led coalition has handed over sovereignty to the Iraqi people, the American charge d'affaires in Paris Alejandro Wolff said Thursday.

So far France has suggested that it could help train Iraqi police or soldiers, but the number two at the Paris embassy told journalists that "we think France could do more."

"There is a need to control the borders to make sure that more extremists or terrorists don't enter the country - borders that are very long and very porous. That requires personnel, so it's one choice that a country might make ..... if they wanted to contribute beyond training," Wolff said.

He added that if France did contribute troops it could help its case in the bidding for future reconstruction contracts in Iraq.


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