Germany approves extending Lebanon mission 1-year

The German Cabinet Wednesday approved a one-year extension to its peacekeeping role with the UN in Lebanon where it has led naval patrols off the country's coast. The Foreign Ministry said the Cabinet at its regular weekly meeting decided to extend the mission to September 2008. It still requires approval by parliament, which is expected to vote in mid-September. Germany last September sent eight ships to join the Lebanon mission in the country's largest naval deployment since World War II. It currently has 960 sailors with the mission, designed to prevent arms reaching Hizbullah guerrillas by sea.