Nepal’s Army is considering sending troops to restive Iraq as part of its commitment to the United Nations peacekeeping missions. The troops will be a part of the ‘stationary force’ under the United Nations.
The development comes just weeks after Nepal’s Army Chief Chhatra Man Singh Gurung discussed the army’s possible involvement in UN peacekeeping missions, including the United Nations Assistance Mission in Iraq, with UN Under Secretary General for Department of Political Affairs, B Lynn Pascoe in New York.
The UN had asked Nepal to commit around 222 personnel – including 35 for mobile units – for deployment in Iraq some four months ago. The Nepali Army, however, was undecided as it was not able to ascertain whether the request came from the UN or