EU Approves CAR Mission ({{commentsTotal}})

Foreign Minister Urmas Paet
Foreign Minister Urmas Paet Source: Photo: ERR

EU foreign ministers agreed yesterday to send soldiers to the troubled Central African Republic.

The EU's largest joint military operation in six years, the French-led peacekeeping mission will initially last six months, Estonian Foreign Minister Urmas Paet told ETV on Monday.

According to reports, between 500 and 1,000 EU troops will be sent to CAR, where 4,000 African and 1,600 French troops are currently deployed.

Besides Estonia, which will send up to 55 troops, Lithuania, Slovenia, Belgium, Poland, Sweden and Finland have all promised soldiers. Germany, UK and Italy have said they will not participate.

ERR's Brussels correspondent Johannes Tralla said that Sweden proposed using the union's rapid reaction forces, which have never been sent on a mission, but the idea was voted down.