Canadian troops to be redeployed in Bosnia

OTTAWA, Jan 17, 2000 -- (AFP) Canada will redeploy and build up its troops in Bosnia as part of a NATO plan to rationalize use of its forces in the Balkans, Defense Minister Art Eggleton announced Saturday.

Eggleton said the Canadian contingent will be moved into a sector currently patrolled by soldiers from Belgium and Luxembourg and increased to 1,650 troops in spring.

A total of 2,800 Canadian troops are currently serving in the Balkans under NATO command - half in Bosnia and another half in Kosovo.

But the bulk of the 1,450 Canadian troops deployed in Kosovo is scheduled to return home in the next few months, according to the defense minister.

Only several specialists in demining and some headquarters personnel will remain in the U.N.-administered Yugoslav province.

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