Germany extends naval deployment off Lebanon for a year

September 12, 2007 21:52

The German parliament voted Wednesday to extend for a year the country's naval deployment aimed at stopping weapons smuggling into Lebanon. The deployment as part of the United Nations mission was supported by 441 deputies, with 126 opposed and four abstaining. The measure was supported by the Chancellor Angela Merkel's governing coalition of conservatives and Social Democrats, and by the opposition Greens. The opposition Free Democrats, a pro-business party, and the Left, representing former East German communists and disgruntled left-wing former Social Democrats, were against the proposal, which extends the deployment until September, 2008. German ships have been patrolling the coast in line with a UN-brokered cease-fire resolution that ended 34 days of fighting between Israel and Hizbullah terrorists in August, 2006.

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