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Sweden to play key role in EU-mission to Congo

Published måndag 20 mars 2006 kl 12.29

The European Union is assessing the future of their troubled plan to contribute 15 hundred soldiers to the United Nations peacekeeping mission to the Congo, with EU Foreign Chief Javier Solana saying he expects Sweden to be one of the key contributors to the mission. 

Before flying to Congo, Solana met with government officials in Stockholm to discuss the peacekeeping efforts.  The UN’s 16 thousand-strong peacekeeping mission is aimed at boosting security during parliamentary elections that start in Congo in June.  The EU mission has come under fire from Germany-which is expected to lead the mission-due to logistical concerns and questions about the mandate of the EU force.

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