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Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operations

Volume 475: debated on Thursday 8 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what critical military gaps remain to be filled in the NATO military requirement for Afghanistan. (203417)

[holding answer 6 May 2008]: The Bucharest Summit saw a number of nations make significant additional commitments to the International Security Assistance Force; in particular President Sarkozy confirmed the deployment of an additional battalion of French troops to the east of the country.

Nevertheless, there remains a need for more training and mentoring personnel; combat forces in the south and east of Afghanistan; and key enablers, such as helicopters, to meet the Combined Joint Statement of Requirements for Afghanistan. The UK continues to work with partners to address these shortfalls.