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    Estonian parlt committee puts resolutions on intl missions on calendar for 2nd reading

    TALLINN, Dec 05, BNS - The national defense committee of the parliament of Estonia on Tuesday approved the draft resolutions concerning the international missions of the defense forces next year and decided to put them to the second reading.

    The Riigikogu will start the second reading of the drafts on Dec. 12.

    The draft resolutions would extend the deployment of up to six defense personnel on the UN peacekeeping mission in the Middle East, of up to 52 personnel to the NATO Response Force (NRF), and of up 24 personnel to the British-led Joint Expeditionary Force (JEF).

    In addition, Estonia is planning to deploy up to 50 personnel to the French military operation Barkhane in Mali, up to three personnel to the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) and up to 46 personnel to the NATO-led training and advisory mission in Afghanistan.

    The government is also seeking the parliament's mandate for the deployment, if necessary, of up to 50 personnel to a mission conducted under Chapter VI or VII of the Charter of the United Nations under the leadership of NATO or one of its member states, the EU or the UN, of up to six personnel to the EU military mission EUNAVFOR Med/Sophia in the Mediterranean Sea and on the Libyan coast, of up to ten personnel to the EU training mission in Mali (EUTM Mali) and another up to ten personnel to the UN peacekeeping mission in Mali (MINUSMA), of up to ten personnel to the U.S.-led Inherent Resolve multinational military operation against the IS, and of up to five personnel to the new non-combat training and defense capability building mission called NATO Mission Iraq (NMI).

    Estonia will not send a new peacekeeping unit to Lebanon next year and the defense forces will also conclude participation in the Kosovo mission. The participation of the Estonian defense forces in the Iraq mission will remain the same, but the personnel will move from under U.S. subordination to a NATO-led mission.

    Tallinn newsroom, +372 610 8814, sise@bns.ee

    Baltic News Service

    • Published: 05.12.2018 10:14
    • LETA, BNS
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