Govt working for `withdrawal` of IAF choppers on UN duty

The Ministry of External Affairs is working with the Defence Ministry and the UN authorities for "phased withdrawal" of India Air Force helicopters engaged in peacekeeping operations.

Updated: Jun 22, 2010, 20:19 PM IST

New Delhi: The Ministry of External
Affairs is working with the Defence Ministry and the UN
authorities for "phased withdrawal" of India Air Force
helicopters engaged in peacekeeping operations.

Observing that the Defence Ministry had raised the
issue of withdrawal of its helicopters from the UN operations
with the MEA, Foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao Tuesday said the
ministry was in touch with India`s Permanent Mission to the UN
in New York and officials of the global body for the "phased
withdrawal".

Amid proposals for using helicopters for movement of
paramilitary forces during anti-Naxal operations, the IAF has
suggested to the government that its 15 choppers deputed for
UN peacekeeping missions in three African countries may be
called back as it has constraints of resources.

PTI