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Thu, 06 Feb, 2014 12:40:18 AM
FTimes Report, February 6
The President of the Republic and the Cabinet Committee on Foreign and Security Policy at a meeting on Wednesday discussed Finland's possibilities to participate in the EU operation, currently under preparation to stabilise the crisis in the Central African Republic. 
The Cabinet Committee outlined that Finland's possibilities to participate are to be examined more closely, said a press release of the Government Communications Department. 
The meeting also discussed closer defence cooperation between Finland and Sweden.
The EU will continue to prepare for the operation on the basis of the decision made by the EU Foreign Affairs Council in January.
The planned operation is to support efforts to stabilise the security situation in the Central African Republic and to promote humanitarian measures and the protection of civilians, according to the release.
The Cabinet Committee also discussed the progress of measures to eliminate Syria's chemical weapons stockpile as the country's internal transports have been delayed. 
The mission of the Deployable CBRN Laboratory troops deployed by Finland is to be continued until chemical weapons have been transported for elimination from Syria, but no longer than 30 June 2014, said the release.
A work plan for closer cooperation between the Finnish and Swedish defence administrations will be drawn up in spring 2014, it mentioned.
The Cabinet Committee also discussed the prospects of NATO partnership cooperation which will be on the agenda of the preparations for the NATO Summit 2014 in the autumn. 
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