YEREVAN (Combined Sources)—NATO Deputy Assistant Secretary General for Public Diplomacy thanked Armenia on behalf of the alliance for expanding the number of Armenian troops in the Afghanistan Peacekeeping Mission.
As Stefanie Babst said during a Yerevan-Brussels TV bridge, “extending beyond the sphere of military reforms, Armenia-NATO cooperation also covers the fight against terrorism and coping with natural disasters.”
On June 20, 81 members of Armenian Armed Forces’ peacekeeping mission in Afghanistan were deployed to Mazar-e-Sharif military base. On June 21, Armenian peacemakers began their duties, the Armenian Defense Ministry press service reported.
On May 11, Armenian parliament ratified an agreement on regulation of legal issues with NATO in reference to Armenian Armed Forces’ peacekeeping mission to Afghanistan.
The agreement envisions the extension of deployment term till December 31, 2012 with the peacekeepers’ number to be increased to 130.
As Armenian Defense Minister Seyran Ohanyan stated earlier, the increase of Armenian peacekeepers number and extension of their deployment serves the interests of the country and promotes Armenia-NATO cooperation.