Subject: IHT: The Nations Contributing To UN Force
Date: Sat, 18 Sep 1999 02:26:12 EDT

International Herald Tribune Saturday, September 18, 1999

The Nations Contributing To UN Force


A multinational force authorized by the United Nations to restore order in East Timor is due to begin deployment during the weekend. Expected to total about 7,000 to 8,000 troops, the force will be led by Major General Peter Cosgrove of Australia, with Thailand and Malaysia supplying deputy commanders. Although final details of the force are not available, individual countries have offered the following contributions:


Sending up to 4,500 military personnel. Has a high-speed catamaran berthed in Darwin capable of carrying 500 fully equipped troops on the 10-hour sea trip to East Timor. Six frigates and three destroyers, all equipped with guided missiles, are also ready for deployment.

ARGENTINA - 50 soldiers.

BANGLADESH - Has offered troops.

BRAZIL - 30 to 50 military policemen.

BRITAIN - Has deployed destroyer Glasgow, including a helicopter. About 270 Nepalese Gurkhas will be among the first troops to land in East Timor. Some 600 personnel in total. Also offering three aircraft. Donated $5 million to help restore UN operations in East Timor.

CANADA - Up to 600 soldiers. Might send the Protector, a replenishment ship, or a transport plane.

CHINA - Offered civilian policemen.

EUROPEAN UNION - Has offered Û8 million ($8.2 million) in aid

FIJI - Offered troops.

FINLAND - Donating $1 million

FRANCE - 500 soldiers, a frigate.

ITALY - 600 military personnel, including 200 paratroops, transport aircraft and an amphibious naval unit on a vessel with hospital facilities, helicopters, a transport aircraft.

JAPAN - $2 million in emergency humanitarian aid. Has pledged unspecified funds to help finance the force's operations. Prime Minister has expressed intention to push for constitutional change which will permit Japanese personnel to participate in peacekeeping force.

SOUTH KOREA - Up to 500 soldiers.

MALAYSIA - 17 officers and 13 soldiers. Initially, Malaysia chose to stay out because it opposed Australia's leading the force, but it softened its stand after the UN secretary-general, Kofi Annan, and Indonesia asked that Malaysian troops be included.

NEW ZEALAND - Up to 800 air, sea and land troops, with an initial force of about 420. A frigate, a supply ship and two Hercules transport aircraft to be available.

NORWAY - Five officers.

PAKISTAN - Has offered troops.

PHILIPPINES - Advance team of 240, mainly engineers, medical and dental units; 1,200 more noncombat personnel offered.

SOUTH KOREA - 400 soldiers.

SINGAPORE - Medical personnel and logistics support.

SWEDEN - 10 civilian police officers and $1.2 million in aid.

THAILAND - 30-member advance team, 1,000 troops to follow.

UNITED STATES - About 200 military personnel, half of whom will serve in East Timor, and support from Pacific Fleet. Will transport troops from other countries and help with logistics, communications and intelligence.

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