Politics | January 22, 2002, Tuesday // 00:00

A total of 80 Bulgarian servicemen have applied for voluntary participation in the peacekeeping operation in Afghanistan, Miho Mihov, Chief of the General Staff of the Bulgarian army, announced. The number is likely to reduce following a medical check-up and briefing on the situation in Afghanistan. According to the training programme of the Bulgarian contingent in Afghanistan, which has already been approved, there will be four officers in the 40-serviceman Bulgarian unit. In his lecture "Peacekeeping Operations: Tasks and Problems in the Bulgarian Army" Mihov pointed out that the army’s participation in the peace-keeping operation will not interfere with its task to secure Bulgaria’s defence, sovereignty and territorial integrity. Among the problems faced in sending Bulgarians to Afghanistan are equipment, the voluntary principle of recruitment, physical and language training and remuneration.

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