The British government has expressed serious concern that the EU Rapid Reaction Force is not yet able to take over a peace-keeping mission from NATO in Macedonia in June.
The NATO-led troops protect international observers
monitoring the peace process in Macedonia. The peace-keeping force
is also responsible for supervising the return of refugees.
The British Foreign Office said that Britain
would be part of the EU-led force in Macedonia for political
reasons, although the Defence Office warned that its troops could
be at risk because the EU is not ready for such a dangerous
The office of Britain’s Prime Minister, Tony
Blair, expressed hope on 3 March that the peace-keeping force would
not be needed in Macedonia beyond June, when NATO will end its