Republic Of Korea Joins Isaf As A Non Nato Contributing Nation

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Issued by Ministerial Support and Public Affairs, Department of Defence, Canberra, ACT

Phone: 02 6127 1999, Fax: 02 6265 1545

MSPA 124/10

Thursday, 22 April 2010



The Chief of the Defence Force, Air Chief Marshal Angus Houston, today

acknowledged that the NATO Secretary General has formally welcomed the Republic

of Korea (ROK) as the 46th contributor to the International Security Assistance Force

(ISAF) in Afghanistan. 

Following an offer by the South Korean Government in November 2009 to deploy a

Provincial Reconstruction Team (PRT) to Parwan province, the relevant certification

processes have been completed and the ROK has been officially recognised as a

non-NATO ISAF Contributing Nation.

“Australia is committed to the NATO-led ISAF mission to stabilise Afghanistan, with

around 1550 Australian Defence Force personnel deployed there,” Air Chief Marshal

Houston said.

“We warmly welcome the Republic of Korea as a non-NATO ISAF Contributing

Nation and look forward to assisting the ROK PRT prepare for its deployment.

“The ROK team will comprise 50-70 civilians, 30-50 police officers and 200-400

infantry troops. The troops will be tasked with protection of the PRT and will not play

a combat role.”

Australia is the largest non-NATO contributor to the ISAF mission in Afghanistan.

Our military contribution is part of a Whole-of-Government effort to deny

Afghanistan as a training ground and operating base for global terrorist organisations;

stabilise the nation through a combination of military, police and civilian efforts; and

train the Afghan National Security Forces to a level where they can take security

responsibility for Oruzgan Province themselves. 

Media contact: Defence Media Liaison: (02) 6127 1999 or 0408 498 664

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