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More Troops to Chad
January 16, 2008   
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The Defense Ministry has increased the planned Polish military contingent in Chad from 350 to 400 troops. The cost of the mission, which will last a year at most, is estimated at zl.100 million. The contingent will be ready for operation in June.

The European Union is expected to make the formal decision to launch the mission Jan. 28. Under a United Nations mandate, the EU is planning to send troops to Chad to protect refugees from Darfur in Sudan, who have been caught in a violent struggle between rebels and government troops. The entire mission will consist of over 4,000 people, most of them from France.

Polish politicians say Warsaw is getting involved in the mission for humanitarian and political reasons. So far, without support from the EU, the United Nations and the African Union have been inefficient in their operations and international humanitarian organizations still regard the plight of the civil population in Chad as critical. By sending troops to Africa, Poland is also seeking to raise its profile in European security and defense policy.
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