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Icelandic peacekeepers sent to Sri Lanka

Icelandic authorities plan to double the number of Icelanders engaged in peacekeeping in Sri Lanka, as Denmark, Finland and Sweden have decided to call their peacekeepers home at the end of the month, RÚV online reports. There are currently 4-5 Icelanders involved in peacekeeping in Sri Lanka.

Violence has escalated in Sri Lanka recently and the situation has not been worse in the country since an agreement was reached between the military government and the Tamil Tigers in 2002. When questioned about the safety of peacekeepers, Icelandic PM Geir H. Haarde said that the government had no intention of endangering the lives of Icelandic citizens, but that Iceland had formulated a policy for its work in Sri Lanka. The Ministry for Foreign Affairs has ultimate say in carrying out that policy, and she was currently out of the country.

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