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Succession for the Poles in Chad. Fate after March still uncertain!

(BRUSSELS2) The relief of Polish troops in Chad should end on December 4. Started on November 12, most of the troops are already there, we learn from the Polish side. They will be based – like their predecessors – in the north of the system, near the town of Iriba, on the “North Star” base but will not have everything to install. The Polish genius worked hard to create – from almost nothing – a small city of around 400 people.

They will be responsible for ensuring security, particularly around the camps for Sudanese refugees – and displaced Chadians – which bring together around 120 to 130 people in several places (Oure-Cassoni, Iridimi, Touloum, Amnabak, Kounoungou, Mile). The aviation group – with three Mi000 type helicopters – remains based in Abéché (with the French helicopters now joined by the Russians). Change of commander also: Colonel Maciej Siudak succeeding Colonel Wojciech Kucharskiego.

After March 2009, not sure… As for the future after March 2009 – and the passage under the banner of the United Nations – it is still “very uncertain”. “No decision has been made” confirmed Polish Defense Minister Bogdan Klich to our colleagues at Republic. Which contradicts the statements – perhaps optimistic – from the French presidency of the EU, in particular from Hervé Morin, the Minister of Defense. “Poland will undoubtedly be much less motivated to participate,” said Klich. “What motivated our participation from the start of the operation was to support and strengthen European security and defense policy,” he added.


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).