Swiss send more military experts to Africa

The government has decided to boost the number of military experts for United Nations missions in the Democratic Republic of Congo and in Sudan.

This content was published on March 11, 2011 minutes

The mission to Congo, which Switzerland has supported for more than ten years with unarmed military observers, can now be extended from three to up to 12 members.

The Swiss contingent to UN forces to Sudan can also be increased to up to eight from four, according to the defence ministry.

The decision comes following requests by both UN missions which focus on humanitarian mine clearing and weapons destruction, a ministerial statement added.

More than 360 Swiss personnel from the army, the foreign ministry, police and border guards are stationed across the world, including 220 peacekeepers with the Swisscoy unit in Kosovo.

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