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Bosnia and Herzegovina: Peacekeeping Operations

Volume 475: debated on Wednesday 14 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what pan-Balkans (a) Ready Battalion and (b) Standby Battalion Operational Reserve Force is available to support European Force Althea in Bosnia-Herzegovina. (204567)

The NATO/EU pan-Balkans Operational Reserve Force (ORF), currently made up of a battalion from the UK, Germany and Italy, continues to provide the necessary capability to reinforce both the NATO operation in Kosovo and EU operation in Bosnia-Herzegovina (BiH). The security situation in BiH is stable and current troop levels are considered sufficient. Should military commanders judge that reinforcements are required, the ‘Ready’ and ‘Standby’ ORF battalions are available to provide the additional support.