Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Defence – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 2nd May 1995.

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Photo of Malcolm Rifkind Malcolm Rifkind The Secretary of State for Defence 12:00 am, 2nd May 1995

The contribution by British and other UNPROFOR forces has been humanitarian, but they have served to prevent an extension of the conflict outside Bosnia and Croatia to Macedonia, Kosovo and other parts of the Balkans which could have even more terrifying consequences. We shall continue to judge the British presence in Bosnia on the basis of whether the forces can carry out the mandate without unacceptable risk to their safety. One can never entirely avoid risk in a war zone, but they must be there on the basis that they are contributors to the United Nations mandate and not taking part in the war.