Italy says to cut Lebanon contingent after attack

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Posted: May 27, 2011 12:38 PM
Italy says to cut Lebanon contingent after attack

ROME (Reuters) - Italy will gradually reduce its peacekeeping presence in Lebanon, Foreign Minister Franco Frattini said on Friday, after six Italian peacekeepers were injured in an attack near the Lebanese port city of Sidon.

"We plan to do it, we will find the right way, which can't be from one day to the next but can only be a gradual reduction," Frattini said in comments confirmed by his spokesman, when asked if Italy would reduce its contingent.

He was speaking to reporters in the northern Italian city of Trieste.

Italy has a peacekeeping contingent of 1,780 military personnel in Lebanon.

(Reporting by Roberto Landucci, writing by Gavin Jones)