NATO SPECIAL REPRESENTATIVE STRESSES THE IMPORTANCE OF ARMENIA’S PARTICIPATION IN THE ISAF MISSION
Nov 29 2011
Yerevan/Mediamax/. NATO Special Representative for the South Caucasus
and Central Asia James Appathurai stressed the importance of Armenia’s
participation in the ISAF mission in Afghanistan.
“Your military servicemen are located in regions of Afghanistan where
the situation is rather uneasy”, said James Appathurai speaking at
the videoconference organized by Information Center on NATO in Armenia
for the students of YSU Center for European Studies today.
The NATO official especially underlined the fact that the Armenian
side takes part in the process of forming Afghanistan’s Armed Forces
by providing military instructors.
The Armenian peacekeeping contingent consisting of 81 people has
arrived in MazÃ¢r-earif this June.
On May 11, 2011, Armenian National Assembly approved the decision on
expanding the Armenian contingent participating in ISAF.
Armenian First Deputy Defense Minister David Tonoyan said in the
interview to Mediamax in May that one additional company minus,
with 81 people, will be deployed in the headquarters of the Regional
Command North, which is located in MazÃ¢r-earif.
“This company will be responsible for providing security of military
compound and MazÃ¢r-earif Airport. At the same time, 5 Armenian
instructor officers will be located in the infantry battalion of the
Afghan Army in the town of Tolukan, where they will conduct personnel
training,” David Tonoyan said then.