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UN asks for logistical and military aid from Europe

(BRUSSELS2) The EU's Politics and Security Committee (PSC) is meeting this afternoon to examine the UN's request for assistance. Ban Ki Moon, the UN Secretary General, in fact orally transmitted to the Spanish Deputy Prime Minister, De La Vega, who was in Port de Prince (Haiti) this weekend requests for support on 4 points.
• naval logistics – which could be carried out by EU member states present nearby (France with Martinique-Guadeloupe, Spain with their “disaster” base in Panama, Netherlands from Curacao)
• protection and security: 140-150 gendarmes from the European Gendarmerie Force could be sent. But it could also be an ESDP mission or a coalition of goodwill. This force could leave quickly “We are waiting for the formal proposal from the UN,” Miguel-Angel Moratinos, the Spanish Minister of Foreign Affairs, told me.
• engineering (bridges and roads): a Spanish team is already on alert (a Spanish diplomat told me).
• helicopters.

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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