HL Deb 27 September 2000 vol 616 c147WA
Baroness Smith of Gilmorehill

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What are the current troop levels in Kosovo. [HL3691]

Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean

The UK currently contributes some 3,300 personnel to KFOR. We have maintained that flexibility and capability are the keys to successful operations in the Balkans. In this spirit, we have agreed to a NATO request to supply additional troops to cover the municipal election period in Kosovo, to ensure that the region's first steps towards democratisation are sure ones.

Subject to confirmation of the election date, the 2nd Battalion the Light Infantry will deploy to Kosovo in mid-September for a period of two months. They will be at the disposal of Commander KFOR, Lt. General Juan Ortuno. We have no doubt that they will maintain the excellent tradition of UK forces in the region who, with their outstanding professionalism, dedication and skill, continue to make an outstanding contribution to the regeneration of Kosovo.