Germany prolongs but reduces Lebanon, Sudan missions

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Germany's cabinet agreed Wednesday to extend by one year Berlin's participation in three United Nations missions in Lebanon and Sudan but reduced the maximum number of troops deployed, a spokesman said.

Berlin will slash the upper limit on forces available for UNIFIL (United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon) to 300 from 800, deputy government spokesman Christoph Steegmans told a regular briefing.

There are currently 256 German personnel in a naval deployment off the Lebanese coast in the mission which began in 2006, he added.

The cabinet also renewed the mandate for German troops in the United Nations Mission in Sudan (UNMIS) and the UN-African Union mission in Darfur (UNAMID).

The upper limit for UNAMID was reduced to 50 from 250 while the ceiling remained at 75 troops for the Sudan mission.

These decisions require parliamentary approval.

© 2010 AFP

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