Friday, 18. April 2014
19. 02. 14. - 14:00
The Balkans and parts of Africa are due to see an increase in peacekeepers from Austria, as the Defence and Foreign Ministries look to intensify international responsibilities.
A further 230 peacekeepers will be sent from Austria to Kosovo, Bosnia and to the EU's Central African Republic force. This will bring the country's total number of peacekeepers to over 1000.
The news follows the announcement by Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz, newly appointed to the position in December 2013, that he wanted to "show we are serious about our international responsibilities".
Defence Minister Gerald Klug said on Tuesday that increased engagement in Africa is on the Austrian political agenda. "I don't rule out that we will engage more intensively," he said.
The move comes after an internationally unpopular withdrawal of peacekeeping troops from the Golan Heights, an area whose ownership has historically been under dispute between Israel and Syria.
"The withdrawal from Golan certainly didn't win us any points internationally and so I consider it positive that we have decided to raise the number of peacekeepers in international missions," said Kurz.
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OAP Hunts Down THIS Hit And Run Cyclist
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Free Staff For One Person Companies - But Only In NÖ
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What is on at Burg Kino this week? (18 April - 24 April)
This week at the Burg Kino on the Opernring the following films are showing:
Austria Accused Of Ignoring Giant Nazi Swastika
A huge swastika that has scarred the walls of an Austrian castle for the past 80 years is still on view despite breaching strict postwar rules banning all Nazi symbols.
Jetflyers Take The Jet Ski Onto The Road
An Austrian company is making waves after they came up with the idea of taking a jet ski – and fitting it with wheels.
Nuns invite young women to get a taste of Abbey life
In a bid to revive their Austrian abbey that doubles up as a health resort, a group of nuns are inviting young women to come and stay with them to get a taste of nun life.
Austrian women earning over fifth less than men
Austrian women are earning on average 23.4 percent less than men in the country, according to Statistik Austria.
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