Thursday, July 3, 2014

Romania to contribute troops, police officers to Afghanistan mission after 2014

BUCHAREST, July 2 (Xinhua) -- Romania will contribute some 200 troops, as well as 50 police and gendarme officers to the training, counselling and assistance mission in Afghanistan, the country's Supreme Council for National Defence (CSAT) decided Wednesday.

"Depending on the NATO decision, Romania will contribute up to 200 troops under the authority of the Defence Ministry and up to 50 police and gendarme officers under the authority of the Interior Ministry, to the training, counselling and assistance mission in Afghanistan," said a press release of the Presidential Administration after the CSAT meeting.

The CSAT, which includes the president, the prime minister, the ministers of defense and foreign affairs, and intelligence chiefs, is Romania's top-most executive body able to decide on security and defense issues.

Romania began to send troops to Afghanistan in July 2002, as part of NATO's mission in the country. The action was the country's first military mission abroad after World War II. As many as 23 Romanian soldiers died there in the past 12 years.

The Romanian contingent in Afghanistan currently consists of about 2,000 troops, who will progressively pull out in the coming months, before their UN-authorized mandate expires at the end of 2014.

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