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Bosniac-Croat Federation Armed Forces: Funding

Volume 570: debated on Thursday 21 March 1996

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asked Her Majesty's Government:Whether they intend to contribute to the 800 million dollar fund for arming and training the Bosnian Government's armed forces in Turkey and elsewhere, now being raised by the United States (which is contributing $100 million) among the Islamic states, and whether this project to set up a heavily armed Muslim state is being discussed in NATO, and if not, given the out-of-area responsibilities NATO is now undertaking in the Balkans, whether they will urgently start such discussions.

We do not intend to contribute to the fund for training and equipping the Bosniac-Croat Federation armed forces. The train and equip programme will be entirely separate from the Bosnian Implementation Force (IFOR) and is not a matter for NATO.