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The United States will participate in Eusec Congo

(BRUSSELS2) The United States could participate in European Union missions in Congo (DRC): EUSEC (security forces) and EUPOL (police). Three Americans would strengthen the fight against sexual violence and the strengthening of the rule of law. The Political and Security Committee (COPS) could decide today. A first offer was made formally in November 2008 and accepted in December of the same year by the COPS. But it did not come to fruition. This is the first participation of a third country in EUSEC Congo.

This offer is not isolated. The Americans engage decisively in the Congo. Hillary Clinton, during her trip to the country in August 2009, insisted on the need to put an end to “impunity for perpetrators of sexual violence“, particularly in the Congolese army. The US command for Africa (Africom) has decided to support the training in Kisangani of a “model” battalion, of 800-1000 men, those who will be the future executives of the Congolese army. Also read: American Sherlock Holmes discovering the EU…


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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