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What can the EU do in South Sudan?

If all eyes are on Libya at the moment, we must not forget the other states, notably the southern neighbor Sudan. An FFM (fact finding mission), in other words an “exploratory mission” from the European Union, returns from South Sudan. Made up of different agents, civilians (diplomats, development specialists, etc.) and EU military personnel, it made it possible to take stock of the state of the country. A new State where everything needs to be built: from the name of the country and its constitution to the government system, transport networks…

If an action is triggered on the European side, it could take several forms: humanitarian aid and development aid, of course (sectors in which the EU has acquired notable competence. But also assistance in security matters We are not yet talking about a PeSDC mission as such, but there are interesting elements – says a specialist in the matter – is to obtain “real added value” in the host of projects. international or bilateral projects that are being put in place (the UN agencies are there as well as the United States and the United Kingdom).

The EU could thus provide its know-how in certain civil-military or rather civil-security areas, such as securing the airport for example, or establishing a secure government communications system for the new state. All that remains is to make these projects a reality and obtain political approval from EU member states.

NB: it is interesting to observe that on the flag alongside the colors black, red, green which are often present on the African flag, blue and the yellow star appear. One might believe that this is European symbolism. It is not so. Blue represents the Nile and the star representing hope and the union of the people (this 5-pointed star also appears on several African flags: Burkina, Cameroon, Congo and, in green, on that of Senegal) .

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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