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Sweden to Take Part in Congo Mission

Published fredag 24 mars 2006 kl 11.12

The European Union has gave the final green light to a German-led military mission of up to 1,450 troops that will help protect elections in Congo set to take place in June.

At least 10 EU countries are expected to take part, with Sweden sending up to 50 soldiers.

No member states had raised objections to the mission allowing the EU to agree to a U.N. request for an EU force to support its peacekeepers there.

The plan will involve putting 400-450 troops on the ground in Congo, with 800-1,000 on standby outside the country.

According to EU officials, deployment will take place two to three weeks before the polls and troops will stay for about four months.

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