Select Committee on European Union Fortieth Report


Letter from Rt Hon Geoff Hoon MP, Minister for Europe, Foreign and Commonwealth Office to the Chairman

  On Tuesday 18 July the Political and Security Committee gave its support to a joint Council-Commission needs assessment mission to Afghanistan. The civilian assessment mission will focus on the Rule of Law/Justice sector, an area that we are keen to see benefit from greater international support. While I do not want to pre-judge the mission's recommendations, I wanted to alert you to this work and the possibility that one outcome might be a recommendation for an ESDP mission to strengthen support to the Afghan justice/Rule of Law sector.

  Details of the mission, including exact timing, have yet to be confirmed, but we expect that the mission will be able to report back some time in September or October. I will ensure you are alerted to any plans for an ESDP mission at the earliest opportunity.

21 July 2006

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