Defence written question – answered on 12th February 2004.

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Photo of Nicholas Soames Nicholas Soames Shadow Secretary of State for Defence

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on the future plans for an expanded NATO peacekeeping mission in Northern Afghanistan; and what the British involvement will be.

Photo of Adam Ingram Adam Ingram Minister of State (Armed Forces), Ministry of Defence

The United Kingdom strongly supports the further expansion beyond Kabul of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) under NATO, and will play its full part in helping the Alliance to make that goal a reality. In particular, and subject to the agreement of our partners in NATO and the ISAF, we are ready to build upon the success of our Provincial Reconstruction Team (PRT) in Mazar-e-Sharif and play a leading role in expanding the ISAF in Northern Afghanistan. Final decisions on the nature of our future military commitment to the ISAF will depend on the outcome of NATO operational planning, and agreement with our partners in the ISAF.

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