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Eufor Libya: the Nordic Battlegroup “ready to go” (Update)

(BRUSSELS2) The Nordic Battlegroup formed around Finland, Sweden with forces from Estonia, Ireland, Norway and Croatia is ready to intervene if given the political green light. According to one of the officers participating in this operation with whom I was able to speak, “The Nordic Battlegroup has been on standby since June 30. And of course we are prepared to take part in the operation in Libya if the political level decides so.“. We couldn't be clearer... On the political side, Alexander Stubb, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, has not ruled out requesting a meeting of the Finnish Parliament – ​​a prerequisite in this country – to decide on the question. This before the general elections (which take place on April 17) according to the local press. However, it would not be a question of sending the entire battlegroup but of certain of these elements.

(Maj, Thursday April 7) The Chief of Defense Staff, General Ari Puheloinen, officially confirmed that the best contribution that Finland could make to the humanitarian operation in Libya would be to send the battle groups. For “other personnel, the deployment time would be significantly longer” he specifies to our colleagues at Helsingin Sanomat.

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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