A battalion of Dutch soldiers has arrived in the Lebanon to serve with the peacekeeping forces deployed there.
A battalion of Dutch soldiers has arrived in the Lebanon to serve with the peacekeeping forces deployed there. The Dutch contingent is made up of about three hundred army regulars and five hundred conscripts and they will replace French troops attached to the United nations Interim Force (UNIFIL)
SYNOPSIS: UNIFIL Commander, Major-General Emmanuel Erskine, was on hand at the airport in Beirut to greet the troops who arrived on Saturday (10 March). They will be based in the Southern Lebanese village of Haris. An advance party of Dutch troops took over from French troops there on February the 28th.
There has been controversy over the terms of the UNIFIL mandate, which does not provide for offensive action by its various troops. But Major-General Emmanuel Erskine is firmly opposed to using force in resolving what he regards as a political, rather than a military problem.