'Cabinet wants marines on UN ships'

22nd December 2011, Comments 0 comments

Dutch marines will soon accompany UN food transports destined for Somalia.

Sources in The Hague have told broadsheet de Volkskrant that the heavily armed marines are to provide protection against pirates.

The proposal will be discussed in Friday’s weekly cabinet meeting.

The first contingent of  marines is to board a UN ship in January. The new mission will come at the expense of the special teams the defence ministry formed to protect Dutch merchant shipping. .

The marines would initially be deployed for a six-month period. It is not clear how many marines would be involved.

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