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EU Considers Cuts In Bosnia Stabilization Force

18 March 2005 -- EU defense officials said today the bloc may reduce the size of its stabilization force in Bosnia-Herzegovina.

The announcement came during a meeting of European defense ministers in Luxembourg, which currently holds the EU presidency. The EU, which took over the Bosnia operations from NATO three months ago, now has close to 6,300 in the former Yugoslav republic.

Luxembourg Defense Minister Luc Frieden said the union was not looking for an exit strategy from Bosnia. He said no formal decision has been made regarding the size of the force.

The EU's foreign policy chief Javier Solana says it will be necessary to keep at least 5,000 troops in the country.