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Afghanistan: Peace Keeping Operations

Volume 457: debated on Friday 23 February 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if she will make a statement on the (a) composition, (b) objectives and (c) cost of the proposed EU police mission to Afghanistan. (122929)

The General Affairs and External Relations Council of the European Union agreed on 12 February an European Security and Defence Policy mission to Afghanistan in the field of policing with linkages to the wider rule of law. The mission will work towards an Afghan police force in local ownership, that respects human rights and operates within the framework of the rule of law. The mission will build on current efforts, and follow a comprehensive and strategic approach. In doing so, the mission will address issues of police reform at central, regional and provincial level, as appropriate. Detailed planning is under way, which will determine the composition and cost of the mission.

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when the proposed EU police mission to Afghanistan is expected to commence; and whether the UK will be contributing to the mission. (122930)

The UK will be contributing to an European Security and Defence Policy mission to Afghanistan in the field of policing, with linkages to the wider rule of law, which should be launched in the first half of this year.