Afghanistan: Peace Keeping Operations

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

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Photo of Keith Simpson Keith Simpson Shadow Minister (Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs)

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 23 February 2007, Official Report, column 992W, on Afghanistan: peace keeping operations, what she expects the UK contribution to the European Security and Defence Policy mission to Afghanistan to be.

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

On 12 February, the General Affairs and External Relations Council of the European Union approved the concept of a European security and defence policy mission to Afghanistan in the field of policing with linkages to the wider rule of law. Discussions are under way in Brussels on the development of a Concept of Operations (CONOPS), which will detail the composition, objectives and cost of the mission. We plan to contribute to the mission but are awaiting the issuance of the CONOPS to determine the exact form and extent of our participation.

I also refer the hon. Member to the replies I gave him on 23 February 2007, Hansard, column 992W.

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