In financial years 2003–04 and 2004–05 the cost of military assistance provided by the UK to the Colombian armed forces was around £120,000 per year. This assistance focused primarily on Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) and provision of training courses to members of the Colombian armed forces both in Colombia and in the UK. It aims to reduce the number of deaths, both civilian and military, from explosive devices, and at introducing Colombian military personnel to British defence concepts in key areas such as Rules of Engagement and democratic and accountable control of the armed forces. We have also trained elements of the Colombian Authorities engaged in Counter-Narcotics work.
We anticipate a similar programme in the financial year 2005–06.
The information for previous years is not held centrally and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.