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Afghanistan: Peace Keeping Operations

Volume 459: debated on Tuesday 1 May 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when she expects the European Union Security and Defence Policy policing mission to Afghanistan to be launched; and what decisions have been made about the UK contribution to the mission. (132710)

The European Union Security and Defence Policy policing mission to Afghanistan is scheduled to be launched in June. The mission will be staffed by approximately 160 personnel, of which the UK plans to contribute about 10 per cent.

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what role she expects the European Union Security and Defence Policy policing mission to Afghanistan to play in the field of counter- narcotics; and if she will make a statement. (132711)

The European Union Security and Defence Policy policing mission to Afghanistan aims to raise the quality of policing in Afghanistan. The mission contains an objective to integrate the Counter-Narcotics Police of Afghanistan into the wider police force in order to factor counter-narcotics into all law enforcement efforts.