Lithuanian troops leaving for UN-led stability operation MINUSMA in Mali

French troops in Mali

A third rotation of Lithuanian troops is leaving for the UN-led stability operation MINUSMA in Mali on Friday.

The third Force Protection Unit rotation includes 32 professional military service soldiers and soldiers from the National Defense Volunteer Force and the 1st Territorial Unit Dainava Military District, the Ministry of National Defense said.

The troops will replace members of the 5th Territorial Unit who served for four months and will and serve as part of the German Contingent in the area of operation.

Lithuanian soldiers will be tasked to ensure security within the military base compound in the province of Gao, eastern Mali.

The UN launched the Multinational Integrated Stabilization Mission MINUSMA in Mali in 2013. MINUSMA is designed to stabilize the situation in the country, to support the implementation of the transition action plan, to protect civilian population, to promote and protect human rights, arrange humanitarian assistance, preservation of cultural heritage, and help ensure justice and national and international levels.

Source: BNS
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