to deploy more soldiers to Kosovo
November 14, 2006 9:55 AM
YEREVAN, Armenia-Armenia held farewell ceremonies Tuesday for 34 peacekeepers
deploying to Kosovo as part the U.N. mission there.
The troops depart Wednesday as part of the sixth rotation of Armenian
peacekeepers to the Balkan region, where they have served since 2004 alongside
a Greek battalion.
Lt. Gen. Artur Agabekian said Armenia planned to have a fully functioning
peacekeeping brigade by 2010, and would begin forming a second battalion
early next year.
Some 17,000 NATO-led peacekeepers are deployed to Kosovo, which has
been administered by the U.N. and NATO since 1999, when a U.S.-led air
war put an end to attacks by Serb forces against the province's ethnic
Armenia also has deployed nearly 50 troops to Iraq to serve as part
of the U.S.-led coalition.