Bosnia

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

We have always recognised that it is possible that the UN force might have to be withdrawn, and NATO has already agreed to provide the cover that would be necessary in such a situation. It is an important part of any NATO plan that the Government of the United States of America have said that their forces would be available on the ground, along with other NATO forces, to help supervise such a plan. On that basis, one can say with confidence that there would be single command and control of any such arrangement, which would give the degree of confidence that is necessary to ensure its success, if withdrawal should prove necessary. I repeat that we hope that such a withdrawal would not be necessary, but that it is vital to have such a plan available in case it is required.