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Armenian Blue Helmets to remain in Iraq for another year

The Armenian parliament prolonged for another year deployment of the Armenian blue helmets in Iraq. As Defense Minister, National Security Council Secretary Serzh Sarkisyan said, the experience has shown that the decision to send the peacekeepers to Iraq was rightful. He also noted that presence of the Armenian peacekeepers in Iraq “assures Armenia’s participation in international processes and also guarantees security.”

The first group of the Armenian peacekeepers consisting of 46 people (10 sappers, 30 drivers, 3 doctors, platoon leader commander, signal officer, commander in the Polish troops headquarters) was sent to Iraq in January 2005, and its service terminated in June. The second group consisting of 45 people left to Iraq on July 13.

Armenian troops serve in Iraq in the Polish peacekeeping division. All the expenses on deployment, rear, communications, equipment and medical assistance are taken by the US government.

Earlier, Serzh Sarkisyan declared that by expressing its readiness to participate in the Iraqi campaign, in response “Armenia expects strengthening its security, unblocking its borders, and balanced approach to the all three countries of South Caucasus from all countries and international organizations interested in establishing stability and peace in the region.”

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