Sierra Leone

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Kfor – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 30th October 2000.

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Photo of Menzies Campbell Menzies Campbell Shadow Spokesperson (Defence) 12:00 am, 30th October 2000

I support the training mission, which is essential for the long-term stability of Sierra Leone. It is also right that the United Kingdom should provide additional forces to assist the United Nations effort. Without them the success of the training mission cannot be guaranteed. However, instead of a separate command, would it not make much more sense to place the additional British forces under the United Nations command? The withdrawal of the Indian and the Jordanian troops is generally accepted as weakening the UN effort. How will we persuade other countries to contribute to the UN effort if we are not willing to contribute to it ourselves?