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Libya: the different "military" options of the EU under study

(BRUSSELS2/Exclusive) The ambassadors of the COPS, the political and security committee of the European Union, met on Friday afternoon with a crucial subject: Libya. Several options were examined which revolve around two axes. The problem is that the “cautious” planning begun two weeks ago is now overtaken by events. And that certain options have not been explored in depth. So we have to move quickly.

The first axis studied within the EU is a humanitarian support operation, considering all possibilities. Depending on the evolution of the situation, in fact, there may be influxes of refugees at the borders or in certain “liberated” towns, or needs for high (surgical) or low density (medical) medical support, or needs food. Military support may be necessary to deliver aid in an insecure and changing environment. Resources in ships and helicopters may be necessary. A “technical” mission could also make it possible to restore and operate certain equipment (airport, communications, electricity, etc.). The second axis is the strengthening of the arms embargo: an embargo which could involve maritime surveillance.

In terms of developing these options, there is still “a little work”. You will have to go through the entire planning process: crisis management concept (CMC), Conops, OpPlan, Decision. But to speed up the work, ministers could decide on a major option that will be worth CMC. This will allow you to win a stage. Some experts have not ruled out working this weekend to refine some of the options.

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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