Romania to reduce troops abroad in 2012: official

09:39, June 28, 2011      

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Romania's Supreme Defense Council (CSAT) decided Monday to reduce its troops for missions abroad in 2012.

According to the Presidency, the Defense Ministry's forces deployed abroad will be cut by 106 troops for next year, while its stand-by troops will be increased by 308. Meanwhile, the Interior Ministry will make 357 troops available to the European Union, OSCE, NATO and UN, who will be involved in the operations in Afghanistan and the West Balkans.

The CSAT, which includes the president, prime minister, ministers of defense and foreign affairs, and intelligence chiefs, is Romania's top-most executive body able to decide on security and defense issues.

Currently, there are some 2,000 Romanian troops acting in missions abroad, among whom more than 1,700 soldiers are deployed in Afghanistan.

Romania began to send troops to Afghanistan in July 2002. The action was the country's first military mission abroad after the World War II.

Source: Xinhua
 
 
     
 
 
 
     
 
 
 
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