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Preparations for the EUMM Georgia mission in pictures

(BRUSSELS2)A European defense mission when it starts, it seems very ordinary. It is necessary to arrange the building, the exterior, and the interior. Install chairs, tables, partitions, connect telephones, etc. Then set up the permanent PC: a sufficiently large map of the area, radios, computers, etc. Before it is operational and presentable, it therefore looks more like a holiday camp where one after the other arrives. Then, it is a matter of to contact the country's authorities, make some statements to the media, in different languages. And finally receive the first formed troops who will go into the field. In this video – the arrival of Italian vehicles and observers. We can notice that the carabinieri, still imprinted with their military body, did not really have time to take off their uniform and kept the military gestures which, usually, are left aside in EU civilian missions. .

The French, who arrived on September 24, deployed in the Gori sector – which includes the buffer zone between (inner) Georgia and South Ossetia. A team of five officers provides command of the regional unit and the 31 gendarmes form 6 of the 12 “observation units”. The other units being provided by personnel Bulgarian, Polish, Maltese and Luxembourgish.


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).