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Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operations

Defence written question – answered on 8th May 2008.

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Photo of Bernard Jenkin Bernard Jenkin Conservative, North Essex

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what critical military gaps remain to be filled in the NATO military requirement for Afghanistan.

Photo of Des Browne Des Browne Secretary of State, Ministry of Defence, Secretary of State, Scotland Office, The Secretary of State for Defence, The Secretary of State for Scotland

holding answer 6 May 2008

The Bucharest Summit saw a number of nations make significant additional commitments to the International Security Assistance Force; in particular President Sarkozy confirmed the deployment of an additional battalion of French troops to the east of the country.

Nevertheless, there remains a need for more training and mentoring personnel; combat forces in the south and east of Afghanistan; and key enablers, such as helicopters, to meet the Combined Joint Statement of Requirements for Afghanistan. The UK continues to work with partners to address these shortfalls.

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