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 Iain Duncan Smith Iain Duncan Smith Shadow Secretary of State for Defence 12:00 am, 30th October 2000

Earlier Government policy hinged on an effective UN force being in place with the right numbers to be able to keep the peace. However, that force has proved ineffective. As the Secretary of State knows, it will not take the action that is necessary. Now, with the departure of the Indians and the Jordanians, it is beginning to look even more ineffective than it was when British forces were deployed earlier this year to support it. That leaves us with a vacuum that, as Labour Members have already said, may well suck us deeper into the conflict.

Will the Secretary of State answer a question that will help to give us clarity? What conditions in Sierra Leone must prevail in the mind of the Government for British troops to be withdrawn?