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The German parliament extends overseas missions for German soldiers

18.10.2017 - Press release

In future the German army (Bundeswehr) will continue to be involved in international missions overseas. The German Parliament has extended the Bundeswehr mandates for the UN missions in Africa.

German soldiers will continue to be part of international foreign missions in future. The Cabinet has extended a total of seven mandates. Provided these mandates are approved by the German parliament (Bundestag), this will ensure that German soldiers are able to perform their duties even as a new government is formed in Germany, with mandates to run until March 31, 2018.

German soldiers will continue to be deployed overseas, also in Africa
German soldiers will continue to be deployed overseas, also in Africa© Bundeswehr/Hecker

A United Nations Security Council mandate must be in place and the missions must be approved by the Bundestag.

It will be up to the next German government to decide on the future form of these missions.

The missions

- African Union/United Nations Hybrid Operation in Darfur (UNAMID)

- United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS)

- NATO Resolute Support Mission to train, advise and support Afghan national defence and security forces in Afghanistan (Resolute Support Mission)

- NATO-led maritime security operation in the Mediterranean (Operation Sea Guardian)

- Preventing the terrorist activities of the terrorist organisation IS (COUNTER-DAESH).

Continued support in Mali and Northern Iraq

The Cabinet has also extended two missions by three months until April 30, 2018. The Bundeswehr will thus continue to be part of the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA). And German soldiers will continue to provide training support for security forces of the regional government of Kurdistan-Iraq and for the Iraqi armed forces (training support Iraq).

Bundeswehr soldiers can be deployed provided the basis in international law is in place and provided the missions have been approved by the Bundestag.

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