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UPDATED: 12:24, October 10, 2006
Poland expresses readiness to join European Gendarmerie Force
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Polish Defense Minister Radoslaw Sikorski has sent letters to his counterparts of five European Gendarmerie Force (EGF) member states, expressing Poland's readiness to join the corps, the PAP news agency reported on Monday.

Poland will contribute a contingent of some 130 troops to the current 800-member-strong EGF, the PAP quoted diplomatic sources as saying.

Defense ministers of Spain, France, Italy, Portugal and the Netherlands signed the declaration of intent on setting up the EGF in September 2004, but the corps was only fully operational as of summer 2005.

Based in Vicenze, Italy, the EGF is aimed at helping managing post-crisis situations and is a rapid-reaction force ready to be deployed anywhere in the world within 30 days of a decision.

Source: Xinhua

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