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UPDATED: 10:48, June 08, 2006
Estonian parliament approves participation in NATO rapid reaction force
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Estonia's parliament on Wednesday approved a plan to send troops to join a rapid reaction force of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), said reports from the Estonian capital of Tallinn.

Under the plan, brought forward by the government, the Baltic country will send a contingent of 15 military engineers to join the rapid reaction force.

Earlier, Estonian Defense Minister Jurgen Ligi said the contingent's main tasks included mine-sweeping and defusing explosive devices.

The so-called NATO Response Force, with a total strength of 21,000 by the end of this year, is capable of reaching anywhere around the world within five days and remain there for at least one month of military operation.

Source: Xinhua

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