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Sat, 22 Feb, 2014 03:40:25 AM
FTimes-STT Report, February 22
 
Defence Minister Carl Haglund. Photo Lehtikuva
Finland has offered to send a group of 20 Special Forces personnel to help in the escalating crisis in Central Africa Republic, said Defence Minister Carl Haglund.
 
The minister took part in the EU defence ministers meeting that took place in Athens on Thursday and Friday.
 
Haglund admitted that it became clear after discussions that it was not necessary for Finland to send more soldiers to the African country.
 
He said the decision to send the Finnish soldiers in the EU-led operation would be reached next week by the Cabinet Committee on Foreign and Security Policy.
 
The minister added that it was necessary to make the decision because it is crucial to timely participate in the operation, which will be launched in April.
 
The Finnish soldiers are expected to take part in tasks such as clearing mines and explosives, emergency medical operations and civilian and military crisis management missions.
 
Sending the 20 troops would cost about 10-15 million euros.
 
 
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