S Korea considers lengthening peacekeeping operations in Haiti, Lebanon

16:39, August 30, 2010      

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A group of South Korean officials will head to Haiti and Lebanon later this week to determine whether South Korean peacekeeping forces there should extend their mission, the foreign ministry said Monday.

Officials from the foreign ministry, the defense ministry, the Joint Chiefs off Staff and parliament are set to visit the countries from Aug. 31 to Sept. 8 to assess performances of the peacekeeping forces there and review the need to enlongate the mission, according to the ministry.

Some 240 South Korean troops have been stationed in Haiti to help rebuild the earthquake-ravaged nation, as part of the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH). The forces mainly consist of engineers and medics.

About 350 troops have also kept their presence in Lebanon for the past three years to ensure regional peace. Both missions are scheduled to expire on Dec. 31 this year.

Source: Xinhua

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