Bosnia: Kosovo

Defence written question – answered on 27th March 2007.

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Photo of Andrew Rosindell Andrew Rosindell Opposition Whip (Commons)

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many and in what role British troops remain in (a) Bosnia and (b) Kosovo; and whether there are plans (i) to reduce numbers stationed and (ii) to change the operational remit in each location.

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

Details of UK troop reductions in Bosnia-Herzegovina were provided in my statement on 1 March 2007, Hansard, column 1083. Following European force transition, there will be fewer than 50 UK personnel working within Bosnia-Herzegovina. This grouping will provide further support to the European force and NATO headquarters and the peace support operations training centre in Sarajevo.

There are approximately 175 UK military personnel in Kosovo, the majority of whom provide intelligence support to the NATO led Kosovo force. In addition, a small number of staff contribute to security sector reform and work within the Office of the Kosovo Protection Corps Coordinator, the UN Mission in Kosovo and the British Office. The UK has no plans to reduce personnel numbers within Kosovo in the foreseeable future or to change our operational remit. We will keep our contribution under review in order to ensure it remains relevant and appropriate.

We will also maintain our commitment to the pan-Balkans operational reserve force.

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