Ukraine to send peacekeepers to Cote d'Ivoire

Ukraine to send peacekeepers to Cote d
# 10 January 2013 19:16 (UTC +04:00)

Baku-APA. The Ukrainian Parliament on Thursday approved a president's decree on the deployment of Ukrainian peacekeepers to Cote d'Ivoire as operational support for a United Nations (UN) mission, APA reports quoting Xinhua.

A total of 266 lawmakers in the 450-strong parliament voted for the bill, the parliament's press-service said.

According to the decree, the Ukrainian mission will be composed of 130 peacekeepers and three Mi-24 helicopters. It will stay in the African country until July 31, 2013.

Financing costs of the mission will be covered by the Ukrainian budget, with subsequent compensation by the UN.

Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych signed a decree to send peacekeepers to support UN operations in Cote d'Ivoire on Dec. 29, 2012.