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NATO Debate Boosting Peacekeeping Force In Afghanistan

9 June 2005 -- NATO defense ministers debated their widening peacekeeping agenda today at a meeting in Brussels.

The ministers looked at plans to boost NATO's peacekeeping force in Afghanistan during the country's September parliamentary elections.

NATO planners are hoping for an extra 3,000 soldiers for the 8,300-strong International Security Assistance Force there.

Hundreds of extra troops would come from Romania, Spain, and the Netherlands. German Defense Minister Peter Struck said Germany was asking its parliament to add to the 2,250 German soldiers already there.

The ministers are also discussing a proposal to come to the aid of the African Union with an offer to fly an extra 5,000 African soldiers to provide security in Sudan's war-torn region of Darfur.