Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Mongolia rotates 200-strong peacekeeping force

ULAN BATOR, Jan 23, 2007 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- Mongolia has finished the rotation of its 200-strong peacekeeping force in Sierra Leone.

The Mongolian peacekeeping troops returned to Ulan Bator on Tuesday, just a few days after their replacements joined the peacekeeping mission in the battered Western African country, Mongolian military officials told local media.

In January 2006, Mongolia sent its first batch of peacekeeping troops to Sierra Leone, carrying out tasks such as patrols as well as ensuring the security of the activities of a U.N. tribunal and its personnel.

In recent years, Mongolia has played an active role in international peacekeeping operations, deploying nearly 900 soldiers to war-plagued countries, including Iraq, Afghanistan and Sierra Leone.

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