Turkish parliament extends mandate for Lebanon troops

Turkey, the first Muslim country to contribute troops to a UN military mission in violence-wracked Lebanon, on Tuesday extended its mandate by a year.

Turkish parliament extends mandate for Lebanon troops
Turkey, the first Muslim country to contribute troops to a UN military mission in violence-wracked Lebanon, on Tuesday extended its mandate by a year.

Parliament approved the motion by a show of hands, deputy speaker Ismail Alptekin said.

Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's government said it sought the go-ahead in anticipation that the UN Security Council would likely prolong the mandate of the UN Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL), which ends on August 31.

The UNIFIL mission, first created in 1978, was enhanced and expanded after Israel's devastating 34-day war last summer against Hezbollah in Lebanon, in which some 1,200 Lebanese died.

Turkey sent a 261-strong contingent of mainly army engineers stationed near the southern port of Tyre to help with reconstruction.

Parliament authorised the one-year deployment on September 5, 2006, overriding widespread opposition and protests that the mission could pit Turkish troops against fellow Muslims.

Last Mod: 29 Mayıs 2007, 18:44
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