UK now has 10,400 troops in Kosovo out of eventual
total of 13,000. The total number of KFOR personnel in Kosovo
is 26,000 out of expected total of 50,000-60,000.
The UK will give an initial contribution of
USD 1 million to the UN Trust Fund for Kosovo.
The UK is ready to transfer seven policemen
from Bosnia and to supply 60 more from UK police forces to the
international police force. The UK is also ready to contribute
around 10 per cent of the OSCE's expected 750 personnel for the
institutions-building component of the UN Mission.
The UK expects to supply around 10 per cent
of the approximately 450 international staff required for the
OSCE Mission. In addition to supplying personnel the UK will contribute
10.34 per cent of the overall Mission cost.
A team of UK Scenes of Crime experts (with a
complement of 16 officers) are working on the sites of some of
the worst atrocities in Kosovo.
The UK has committed £90 million in bilateral
humanitarian aid to the region since March 1999. Over 50 DfID-funded
personnel are in the region working in Field Offices or as technical
experts on attachment to other organisations. They include logisticians,
camp planners, health, water and sanitation specialists, air operations
staff and convoy drivers.
The UK has made a substantial and early contribution
to mine action in Kosovo.
To date, the UK has contributed over £1
million towards demining related activities in Kosovo. This includes
financial and equipment donations to the new UN Mine Action Co-ordination
Centre in Pristina, funding of an immediate danger area survey
conducted by The Halo Trust, provision of equipment to The Halo
Trust, the deployment of the rapid response demining/unexploded
ordnance disposal teams and the deployment of a programme development
and management officer to co-ordinate the UK mine action programme.
The UK is considering further mine action projects in the region.
The UK fully supports the UN Mine Action Service
as the international focal point for mine action in the region.
The UK's mine action programme has been implemented in consultation
with and in direct response to needs identified by the UN Mine
Action Service and its Co-ordination Centre in Pristina.