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Bosnia and Herzegovina

Volume 504: debated on Friday 29 January 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had on the EU’s military presence in Bosnia and Herzegovina; and if he will make a statement. (314172)

The EU peacekeeping force in Bosnia and Herzegovina was discussed at the EU Foreign Affairs Councils in November and December 2009, and in January 2010. In January, the Council agreed conclusions deciding to start providing non-executive capacity-building and training support within the framework of the operation, noting that the executive mandate will continue in accordance with UN Security Council Resolution 1895 (2009), and expressing the EU’s readiness to maintain an executive military role beyond 2010, should the situation require it, under a UN mandate. The Government welcome these conclusions.