§ Lady Olga Maitland
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will specify the detailed steps that need to be taken under the dual control arrangement in Bosnia before an air strike can take place; who makes the final decision; and what time delay is envisaged in securing agreement with NATO, the United Nations and other parties.
§ Mr. Heathcoat-Amory
Under the terms of the 22 April North Atlantic Council decision, either NATO or United Nations commanders can initiate a request for air strikes. Both must agree before air strikes can take place. Authorisation for air strikes must then be given by the United Nations Secretary-General's special representative in the former Yugoslavia, Mr. Akashi. There is no requirement for any further consultation.