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 question of the continuing presence of UN forces must ultimately be a matter for the UN Security Council and for national Governments. Important political questions are involved and we cannot avoid the responsibility in that sphere, but the recommendation on any specific military action should be based on the professional advice of UN commanders on the ground. On the final part of the hon. and learned Gentleman's question, I do not envisage any unilateral action by the UK to withdraw from Bosnia. It is important that the UN should act as a single entity with regard to that matter.