Nepal to send peacekeepers to Syria

Kathmandu, July 11 (IANS) Nepal Thursday decided to send Nepali peacekeepers under the UN flag to Syria to help in the establishment of peace and order.

The decision was taken by the council of ministers, Xinhua quoted Minister for Foreign Affairs Madhav Prasad Ghimire as saying.

"We had received a request from the UN to send peace troops to Syria. We gave a nod to the proposal," Ghimire told the media.

The first batch of Nepali Army personnel, 130 in total, will be deployed in July to be joined again by 130 soldiers in September.

Nepali troops will be a part of the UN Supervision Mission in Syria. The Mission was set up in 2012 in line with the UN Security Council Resolution 2,043.

As of today, more than 100,000 Nepali soldiers have worked in the UN's international peace missions since 1950s.

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