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Peace Operations Training Centre

Volume 486: debated on Monday 12 January 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans his Department has to support the Peace Operations Training Centre in Sarajevo after responsibility for running the centre has been transferred to the Bosnia and Herzegovina authorities. (244534)

The Peace Support Operations Training Centre in Sarajevo is a UK-led organisation that is owned and managed jointly with Bosnia and Herzegovina and 13 other international partners. A date for the transfer of ownership to Bosnia and Herzegovina has yet to be agreed formally but is not likely to be before 2013. Subject to our partners’ agreement we expect the UK to remain the lead nation until then. It is too early at this stage to consider what our involvement might be after that date.