The Senate on Wednesday approved a bill on Czech participation in foreign military missions until 2013. The bill envisages boosting the current Czech contingent in Afghanistan from the current 500 to around 720 next year and maintaining around 640 troops in 2012. Meanwhile, the Czech peace keeping force in Kosovo is being gradually withdrawn. The last Czech contingent has already returned leaving behind 92 soldiers to maintain a base should it be needed in emergencies. The debate on the government-proposed bill was intentionally brought forward so as to secure support for it in the upper chamber where the right wing Civic Democrats lost their majority in last weekend’s senate elections.
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