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Reinforcements from Central America in Bosnia, for the military operation Althea

(BRUSSELS2) Four Central American states (Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador) will participate in the EU military operation in Bosnia-Herzegovina (EUFOR Althea). They will join the Chileans (21 men) who are the only non-European elements for the moment. This Latin American presence owes nothing to chance. It is the Spanish who are the framework nation of the operation. Spain provided the most men (349), followed by the Italians (243), and assumed command of the operation with Commander Ignacio Martin Villalain (who took office in December 2007).

Four other third countries are participating in Althea: 13 Albanians, 23 Macedonians, 25 Swiss and 242 Turks, according to the latest figures from Eufor, which thus counted 9 men on July 2155 (List of participating States). On the other hand, Canada, Morocco, New Zealand and Norway have announced that they do not (or no longer) want to contribute to the operation.

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).

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