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Armenia's parliament voted on Tuesday to extend the country's military presence
Armenia's parliament voted on Tuesday to extend the country's military presence in Iraq by 12 months.

Armenia's legislature ratified on December 24, 2004 a memorandum on the dispatch of a peacekeeping contingent to Iraq for a term of 12 months. It has since twice prolonged the mission for another year.

Armenian Defense Minister Mikael Arutyunyan said a total of 276 servicemen had been sent to Iraq since early 2005.

Armenia's participation in the peacekeeping mission, as part of the Polish peacekeeping division in Iraq, gives the Caucasus state some additional leverage in its relations with international organizations.

The proposal by the Armenian president to extend the term of the country's peacekeeping mission in Iraq was supported by 79 MPs, with 10 votes against and 11 abstentions.

The Armenian peacekeeping contingent in Iraq comprises two staff officers, three military doctors, an engineering unit (10 men) and a transport platoon (31 drivers).


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