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Kosovo: Peace Keeping Operations

Volume 461: debated on Thursday 21 June 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment she has made of the progress of plans to replace NATO’s KFOR mission in Kosovo with a European Union mission; what she expects the UK’s (a) financial and (b) military contribution to that mission to be; and if she will make a statement. (144364)

There are presently no plans to replace NATO’s Kosovo Force with an EU mission. Following implementation of UN special envoy Ahtisaari’s comprehensive proposals for Kosovo’s future status, it is envisaged that NATO will provide the international military presence in Kosovo. Separately, there will be a European Security and Defence Policy (ESDP) mission in the area of policing and rule of law.

An EU planning team is in place in Kosovo and is carrying out the necessary planning and preparations for the ESDP mission. But the UK expects to maintain its personnel contribution at or around that currently provided to the UN Mission in Kosovo (circa 80 personnel) and will contribute around 17 per cent. of the common costs of the ESDP mission from the Common Foreign and Security Policy budget.