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Hard blow for Eufor Chad: Romania gives up sending troops

(B2) The Minister of Defense, Teodor Melescannu, confirmed, at the end of June on Rfi, what had been feared for several days: the Supreme Defense Council (CSAT) ruled out the idea of ​​Romania's participation in the EU military mission in Chad. “We are at the limit of our possibilities and we do not have the possibility for the moment of getting involved in a theater of operation” estimates the minister, in Romania Libera. 120 Romanian soldiers were expected on the ground in Chad (there is already 1 at the General Staff).

This decision is part of a more general perspective of reduction of Romanian troops abroad in 2009. A reduction of 541 military personnel, to be exact, according to a press release from the presidential administration, which mainly concerns the reaction forces of the NATO based in Romania and Iraq. “It is not a question of a withdrawal of soldiers, but of a reduction in the number of those who will take part next year in operations abroad or who will be made available to the Alliance”, considered the Minister.


Nicolas Gros Verheyde

Chief editor of the B2 site. Graduated in European law from the University of Paris I Pantheon Sorbonne and listener to the 65th session of the IHEDN (Institut des Hautes Etudes de la Défense Nationale. Journalist since 1989, founded B2 - Bruxelles2 in 2008. EU/NATO correspondent in Brussels for Sud-Ouest (previously West-France and France-Soir).