SEOUL, Feb. 5, 2010 (Xinhua News Agency) -- South Korea is expected to dispatch its peacekeepers to Haiti as early as next week if the National Assembly approves the related bill, Seoul's Yonhap News Agency said Friday citing a governmental official.
The foreign affairs committee of the National Assembly will vote on the planned dispatch bill on Monday, and it is expected to be submitted to the parliament's plenary session by mid-week, a key member of the committee was quoted as saying.
If the parliament approves the bill, the peacekeeping troops will be sent as soon as possible, officials at the foreign ministry has said previously, according to Yonhap.
South Korea has decided to send 250 troops to Haiti, hit by an earthquake of 7.3-magnitude on Jan. 12, as part of the United Nations peacekeeping operation.
As security situations deteriorate in the small Caribbean nation, the UN is asking member countries to send more peacekeepers, local media have said.
The government has picked the port city of Leogane, some 30 kilometers west of the Haitian capital, Port-au-Prince, as its peacekeeping unit site after a team of 10 South Korean officials from the Ministry of Defense, the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the South Korean completed an assessment to situations there last week.
The unit will also include about 20 military medical officers and a small group of special operation forces, Yonhap reported, citing a foreign ministry official.