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EUFOR Libya: Lady Amos (OCHA)'s response to Lady Ashton (EU). Document

(BRUSSELS2 / Exclusive) A “good wind” sent me the letter sent, on April 11, by the UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, Valerie Amos, to her compatriot, and pair, Baroness Ashton, High Representative of the EU for Foreign Affairs. Other letters have since arrived – which reflect the same content.

In this letter, the director of OCHA explains in detail why she refuses humanitarian aid. A very intelligent letter. “ We do not want to compromise our ability to provide humanitarian assistance to the entire population in need by being seen as associated with military operations. Civilian alternatives must be fully explored and exhausted before foreign military assets are used in humanitarian support operations. she writes on the date of April 11. " Currently, humanitarian assistance is reaching affected populations in Misrata and other areas of Libya, without assistance or military support », she adds, while then detailing the various necessary needs: repatriation of foreigners stranded in Misrata, as well as at the borders, emergency medical care, food and water aid in combat zones. Valerie Amos therefore calls on Member States to continue their funding, increase and strengthen their humanitarian response to eastern Libya through “ civil means (*).

(*) It can be noted that, among the resources sent to Misrata, there were civilian Turkish resources under a strong military escort, making it possible to evacuate 300 injured people, some of whom were very serious (on Sunday, 250 remained hospitalized in nine establishments in Turkey) . Likewise, British and Italian military ships docked in Benghazi. That is roughly what the EU could or would like to do... It is quite incomprehensible to allow certain countries like the Turks (who participate indirectly in the NATO operation by making the Izmir air command available to ) and certain Europeans (who participate more directly in UN force operations) to bring military means but not the European Union as such (which is not a party to the conflict). It is true that Valerie Amos did not seem to authorize such deployments, at least officially. In accordance with the United Nations resolution, these have been notified to the Secretary General…

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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