Skip to main content

Chad: Peacekeeping Operations

Volume 470: debated on Friday 25 January 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what shortages of equipment and manpower have been identified for the European Union force for Chad; and if he will make a statement. (180803)

We understand that the minimum requirements for deployment of this force have now been met. The EU General Affairs and External Relations Council is therefore expected to confirm the launch of the force on 28 January, and deployment will be initiated in February. We expect that the force should reach full operating capacity by May.

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what progress has been made in securing the deployment of the European Union force for Chad; and if he will make a statement. (180804)

The requirements for deployment of the EU force to Chad and the Central African Republic were discussed at a force generation conference on 11 January 2008. The operation commander for the mission, Lieutenant General Nash, confirmed that he now has enough forces and assets available to recommend launching the mission.

The EU General Affairs and External Relations Council on 28 January is therefore expected to confirm the launch of the force, and deployment will be initiated in February. We expect that the force should reach full operating capacity by May.