France makes small commitment to UN Lebanon force

Several countries have offered troops for a UN peacekeeping force in Lebanon but France, which agreed to head the force, has only committed a small amount of soldiers amid concern about the lack of clarity over the mandate.

French president Jacques Chirac pledged in the UN on Thursday (17 August) to send 400 troops to the region after talks with UN secretary general Kofi Annan.

The offer, much less than the overall commitment of up to 5,000 troops that the UN had been hoping for -...

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