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UPDATED: 11:31, January 03, 2007
New Croatian contingent to join ISAF mission in Afghanistan
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A new 69-strong Croatian contingent would fly to Afghanistan in 10 days to join the NATO- led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF), said reports from Croatia on Tuesday.

The send-off ceremony was held in the military barracks in the Croatian northern city of Varazdin for the contingent, the Croatian news agency HINA reported.

"Our soldiers are successful in that job, many of them have experience from the war and they are among those with the best equipment. Thanks to their ability and the know-how there have been no serious consequences so far," said General Josip Lucic, envoy of Croatian President Stjepan Mesic.

The task of the Croatian troops in Afghanistan was to maintain peace in that country, said Lucic, who is the chief-of-staff of the Croatian Armed Forces.

Assistant Defense Minister Igor Pokaz said that currently 147 Croatians were deployed in three areas of Afghanistan, and his country was planning to raise the number to more than 200.

Under the 2001 Bonn Treaty, the ISAF is deployed to help the Afghan government to create safe conditions for the reconstruction of the war-torn Asian country. Croatian contingents have been engaged in ISAF since February 2003. Apart from the military component, Croatian diplomats and police officers also joined the mission in January 2005.

Source: Xinhua


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