Afghanistan: Peace Keeping Operations

Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs written question – answered on 13th March 2007.

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Photo of Daniel Kawczynski Daniel Kawczynski Conservative, Shrewsbury and Atcham

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps she is taking to encourage NATO countries to send additional forces to Afghanistan.

Photo of Kim Howells Kim Howells Minister of State (Middle East), Foreign & Commonwealth Office

My right hon. Friends the Defence Secretary, the Foreign Secretary and other Ministers are in regular contact with our NATO counterparts to ensure that commanders on the ground have access to the resources they need to carry out the International Security Assistance Force's (ISAF) mission and to ensure NATO Allies regularly review their contributions to Afghanistan. At the recent NATO Foreign Ministers' meeting in Brussels, 26 January, my right hon. Friend the Foreign Secretary reaffirmed the need for all NATO Allies to play their part in ensuring ISAF's success. Military advice on force and capability requirements is provided by the Supreme Allied Commander Europe using the force generation process.

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