Lebanon mission possible, says Møller

Royal Navy ships could join an international force patrolling the coast of Lebanon, says the minister of foreign affairs

Deploying Royal Navy ships to patrol the coastal border of Lebanon and Israel is a possible Danish contribution to international peacekeeping forces in the conflict-riddled area, said the minister of foreign affairs, Per Stig Møller on Tuesday.

Møller's announcement came after meeting with fellow colleagues in Brussels on Tuesday and represented a different course than the one laid out last week by the minister of defence, Søren Gade. At that time, Gade stated Danish land troops were stretched too thin with deployments in Afghanistan and Iraq to make a meaningful contribution on the ground in southern Lebanon.

The exact composition of a naval task force would have to be considered, said Møller.

'The Navy has done good things in the past. It's a possibility. Now we will have to wait and see what we are asked to contribute, and whether we can deliver.'

Current talks for a UN force point in the direction of a French-led action consisting of between 15,000 to 20,000 troops.

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