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    Estonia: Extending foreign missions to be put to final vote in parlt next week

    TALLINN, Dec 07, BNS - The Estonian parliament's national defense committee has sent to second reading bills concerning the extension of the foreign missions of the defense forces for next year and the parliament is to discuss extending the missions next week.

    Chairman of the national defense committee Hannes Hanso told BNS that the committee unanimously decided to approve bills that would extend the foreign missions of the defense forces next year, the second or last reading of the bills is to take place next Wednesday.

    Like this year, Estonia next year will continue participation in nine operations in six different countries and regions with up to 106 active servicemen. In addition, up to 220 active service Estonian military personnel will be assigned to readiness units.

    The plan is to deploy up to 66 Estonian soldiers to UN missions in Lebanon, the Middle East and Mali. Up to 14 active servicemen will take part in three NATO led operations in Afghanistan, Kosovo and Iraq. Up to 16 active service personnel will participate in European Union led operations.

    In addition, plans are to assign up to 200 active service personnel to the NATO Response Force, and also, for the first time, up to 20 active servicemen to the United Kingdom led Joint Expeditionary Force (JEF). In both cases, active service personnel will be stationed in Estonia during the response period.

    Led by the U.K., the JEF is a military coalition of the willing comprised of different countries, which is capable of acting independently or also within the composition of a larger military unit.

    Just like in 2016 and 2017, the Estonian Ministry of Defense has applied for a mandate for the possible first-time and urgent contribution of 50 active servicemen to the operation.

    Tallinn newsroom, +372 610 8814,

    Baltic News Service

    • Published: 07.12.2017 14:54
    • LETA, BNS
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