Strategic Defence Review

Part of Oral Answers to Questions – in the House of Commons at 2:33 pm on 10th May 1999.

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Photo of John Maples John Maples Shadow Secretary of State 2:33 pm, 10th May 1999

No doubt when the Balkan conflict is over, the Secretary of State will wish to examine how we and our allies respond to future conflicts. Yesterday, Mr. Prodi suggested that the European Union should have an army, and the Government apparently immediately rejected that call. However, is not Mr. Prodi's call wholly consistent with Government policy, especially paragraph 3 of the St. Malo agreement with France, which calls for the EU to have recourse to military capacity either within NATO or multi-national means outside the NATO framework."? What else can multi-national means outside the NATO framework mean if it does not mean what Mr. Prodi said?