S Korea to send 240 peacekeepers to Haiti

14:30, February 08, 2010      

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South Korea will send 240 troops to earthquake-ravaged Haiti to join the United Nations peacekeeping operation, the foreign ministry said Monday.

According to a document submitted to parliament's foreign affairs committee, 240 troops including 120 military engineers will be stationed in Leogane, about 40 kilometers west of the Haitian capital of Port-au-Prince, by the end of 2010 as part of the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH).

The move follows the dispatch of a team of nine South Korean officials on a fact-finding mission to the small Caribbean country in the wake of a magnitude-7.3 earthquake on Jan. 12.

The bill on planned troop dispatch will be put to the vote later this week, local media said.

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