SARAJEVO, Jan 30 (KUNA) -- Chairman of the Tri-presidency of Bosnia and
Herzegovina Nebojsa Radmanovic said Wednesday his country intended to raise
the number of its troops in Iraq within the next month.
Speaking to Sarajevo Radio, he objected to calls not to raise the number of
troops on grounds that this did not serve the aspirations of Bosnia in joining
the Euro-Atlantic Partnership Council, saying that his country may be invited
to become a member in this council in April.
He said Bosnia had to prove its seriousness in joining this partnership,
explaining that the role of the troops in Iraq was a peaceful one, aimed at
instilling security in the country.
This assistance in Iraq, he said, would support the nomination of Bosnia
for NATO membership.
The Bosnian parliament is set to look into sending an additional 50
soldiers to Iraq in early February. (end)
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