PM's first military mission delayed

26th December 2013, Comments 0 comments

Prime Minister Elio Di Rupo is taking part in his first military mission since his federal government was inaugurated in December 2011.

Mr Di Rupo is flying to Lebanon to visit the Belgian UN peacekeeping team there. He will also meet the Lebanon president Michel Suleiman. However, the PM's first military mission was delayed.

PM's first military mission delayed

The delegation was scheduled for departure this morning. However, due to technical problems, the departure was delayed as also a different, military aircraft that had to act as a replacement, showed technical failures. One aircraft will be repaired using spare parts from the other.

Mr Di Rupo will visit Belgians that are taking part in the UN peace-keeping mission "UNIFIL" in Lebanon. Belgium has been taking part in the mission since 2006, after the conflict between Hezbollah and Israel.

Over the past 6 years, almost 5,500 members of the Belgian armed forces were sent to the area, most of them concentrating on mine-clearing operations in the so-called blue line that marks the border between Lebanon and Israel. They were able to clear 198 anti-personnel blast mines and 31 anti-tank landmines. Their present mission runs until March 2014.

Mr Di Rupo will also meet the Lebanese President Michel Suleiman and a Syrian refugee camp. 

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