YEREVAN, JANUARY 18. ARMINFO. Tuesday, an Armenian peace-making continent left for Iraq. Talking to journalists at the ceremonial seeing-off at the airport, Head of the General Staff of the Armenian Armed Forces, Deputy Defense Minister of Armenia, Lieutenant General Michael Haroutiunyan said that 46 peace-makers leave for Iraq, including 10 sappers, 30 drivers and 3 doctors (therapeutist, cardiologist, psychologist), as well as the commander of the platoon, signalman, captain Garush Avetisyan.
He said that at first, Armenian peace-makers will arrive in El-Kuwait, then they will be transported to Iraq in two weeks, to the populated areas Kerbela, Al-Illa. The contingent will be dislocated as part of the Polish peace-making division. The peace-makers will receive 1,000 USD monthly salary. Part of the maintenance cost is laid on the Armenian party, but the greatest part of the expenses will be carried out by the American party. The Armenian contingent will stay in Iraq for six months with following rotation. Participating in the ceremonial seeing-off were Defense Minister of Armenia Serge Sargsyan and US Ambassador to Armenian John Evans.