Azerbaijani President Suggests Expansion of Peacekeeper Group in Afghanistan
Azerbaijan, Baku, 16 September / Trend corr. I.Alizade/ Azerbaijani President submitted draft law on expansion of number of Azerbaijani servicemen in the peacekeeping operations in Afghanistan to the Parliament, Azerbaijani Parliament's Vice-Speaker Ziyafat Askarov said to journalists on 16 September.
According to the draft law, one platoon will be added to the Azerbaijani peacekeepers in Afghanistan.
President's suggestion will be discussed at a meeting of the parliamentary commission on security and defence, said Askarov.
In 1997, a peacekeeping detachment was formed at the National Army of Azerbaijan. A peacekeeping battalion was later established. The number of Armed Forces of Azerbaijan in Iraq totalled 150 soldiers and 34 in Kosovo. The Azerbaijani soldiers controlled 18 villages in Kosovo. Over 400 Azerbaijani soldiers served in Kosovo. The Azerbaijani peacekeeping detachment in Kosovo operated within the Turkey's Armed Forces. There were 45 Azerbaijani peacekeepers in Afghanistan patrolling Kabul.