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

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Photo of William Hague William Hague Shadow Secretary of State (Foreign Affairs)

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will place in the Library a copy of the UK's proposal for an international standby civilian force which could be deployed to rebuild civic societies as referred to in the Prime Minister's Mansion House speech of 12 November.

Photo of David Miliband David Miliband Foreign Secretary

The UK and other leading players in the post-conflict field operate different rosters of reconstruction experts. My right hon. Friend the Prime Minister indicated that these separate capacities need to be brought together to ensure the UN and other international agencies can draw on the right expertise to respond quickly and effectively to post-conflict situations. The UK will develop proposals with the UN and international allies first.

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