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Volume 227: debated on Wednesday 23 June 1993

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To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what is the authority structure of the United Nations effort in Somalia; what is the relationship between the political and military wings of the United Nations effort; and if he will publish the organisational plan for civil objectives.

Admiral Howe is the United Nations Secretary-General's special representative in Somalia. He is the head of mission and has responsibility for all aspects of the United Nations operation there, reporting directly to the Secretary-General. The head of the military component of UNOSOM II is General Bir. There is close co-operation between the military and political wings.Copies of all the United. Nations Secretary-General's reports relating to the structure and objectives of the operation have been placed in the House Library.

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will place a report in the Library on the diplomatic activities and performance of the UN since the unified task force (UNITAF) was deployed in Somalia.

Copies of all the UN Secretary-General's reports on Somalia since the deployment of UNITAF have been placed in the House of Commons Library.