Denmark to send troops on UN mission

Denmark plans to send 140 soldiers to Lebanon to join a United Nations peacekeeping operation there, Danish Defence Minister Soeren Gade said on Friday.

The Danish troops will leave in December to work with the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL), which has stepped up its activities since the 2006 conflict with Israel.

“We are responding positively to a request from the United Nations which asked for logistical support in South Lebanon,” Gade said, stressing that Danish soldiers would not be involved in monitoring of the border or any counter-terror operations.

Gade said the majority of Danish lawmakers backed the decision to send the troops.  He said the reduction of troop numbers in Kosovo had made the deployment possible.

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