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Korhonen Proposes Involvement in Darfur

The Centre Party's secretary, Jarmo Korhonen, says that Finland should consider taking part in the UN peacekeeping mission in Darfur.

He feels that once the demolition and de-mining teams are finished in Lebanon, this will free up the necessary resources to send troops to Sudan.

The Social Democrats made a similar suggestion last week. Earlier, Prime Minister Matti Vanhanen said the suggestion was doubtful, because Finland's resources are already spread too thinly in various peacekeeping missions.

As to whether Finland should provide Afghanistan with weapons, Korhonen says definitely not. This would be a deviation from the previous government's policy towards Afghanistan, and he feels that the Centre Party and the other coalition partners should abide by it.

Afghanistan's leadership requested surplus assault rifles during Defence Minister Jyri Häkämies's visit to the country in June.

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