Serbia sends first peacekeeping team to Africa

08:12, July 08, 2010      

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Serbian medical team, which departed for Chad and the Central African Republic on Wednesday, represents the first time that Serbia has participated independently in a United Nations peacekeeping mission, according to a Government of Serbia statement.

The 14-member medical team from the Ministry of Defense and the Serbian Army will be replacing the Norwegian contingent of the MINURCAT peacekeeping mission. The deployment of a Serbian team of "blue helmets" came at the request of the UN. Individual Serbian peacekeepers had been involved with work at field hospital prior to the departure of the Norwegians.

The task of the Serbian team will be to continue to care and treat mission personnel, along with the local population.

Currently, Serbia has individuals from the Ministry of Defense participating in international peacekeeping missions in the Congo, Liberia and Cote d'ivoire. The Serbian parliament recently agreed to send peacekeepers to Lebanon and Cyprus.

Source: Xinhua

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