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Dutch Say No to Sinai Force

The Netherlands Government has declined an American request that it supply troops for the multinational force that is to police Sinai after Israel completes its withdrawal from the peninsula in April, 1982. The reason given is that Holland has already contributed 800 soldiers to the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL).

Those men were transferred to south Lebanon from the Dutch NATO contingent. Volunteers for UNIFIL are difficult to find and the government wants to avoid the use of conscripts.