The first direct airlift of Finnish peacekeeping forces from Finland to the Middle East was held up on Thursday (1st November).
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Background: The first direct airlift of Finnish peacekeeping forces from Finland to the Middle East was held up on Thursday (1st November). The 74 soldiers were to fly to Cairo on board two U.S. Air Force transport aircraft, but they were refused permission to land there. On Friday, the troops were still waiting in Finland, but the Finnish Defence Ministry said they would probably leave later in the day for Frankfurt or Nicosia.
Two-hundred Finnish soldiers are already on the Suez Front, supervising the ceasefire between Israel and Egypt. They were brought from Cyprus, with other United Nations units stationed there, to join the emergency Middle East force.
As well as the Finns; Swedes, Austrians and Irishman have arrived in join the peacekeeping force. A 7,000 strong force was approved by the UN Security Council last week. A Finnish officer, Lieutenant-General Enisor Siilvasvuo is in command of the force.