Helsinki, Finland, February 20, 2010 – The government
proposes that Finland send no more than 10 people to take part in the
European Union's military operation in Somalia.
President Tarja Halonen is to decide on the matter on Friday. The
operation is aimed at training Somali security forces.
The European Commission decided in late January to launch the operation
as part of broad international efforts to stabilize Somalia.
The operation is intended to support the training of Somali security
forces, which is already underway in Uganda. The objective is to train
2,000 soldiers within the next year or so. Training within Somalia is to
begin in May.
Source: YLE, February 18, 2010