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Balkans Operational Reserve Force

Volume 468: debated on Thursday 6 December 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the state of readiness of NATO’s Balkans Operational Reserve Force; and if he will make a statement. (171232)

[holding answer 4 December 2007]: The NATO pan-Balkans Operational Reserve Force, currently made up of a battalion from the UK, Germany and Italy, continues to provide the necessary stand-by capability to reinforce both KFOR in Kosovo (in support of the NATO-led Operation Joint Enterprise) and EUFOR in Bosnia and Herzegovina (in support of the EU-led Operation Althea). The UK continues to work with our EU and NATO partners to deliver peaceful progress in the Balkan region. However, if force commanders judge military reinforcements are required, the UK is prepared to meet its responsibilities as the provider of the highest readiness (four days notice to move) reserve battalion from 1 January 2008.