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The letter sent by Baroness Ashton to Ban ki Moon

(BRUSSELS2) Here is the content of the letter sent on April 8 by the High Representative to the Secretary General of the UN, informing him of the European Union's readiness to act.if the United Nations so desires” under Security Council Resolution 1973.

Even if the letter remains very vague on the EU's intentions, the High Representative does not mention the OCHA request in this letter. And, indeed, a request from the UN Secretary General could be enough to legitimize EU action, except that the 27 conditioned their action with a request from OCHA (see also: The Humanitarian Aid Coordination Office (OCHA/OCHA) arrives in Libya…).

According to our information, some EU member states were particularly unhappy at not having been consulted or on the format on the content of this letter.

A few days earlier, the High Representative was also to warn the UN Secretary General of the ongoing preparation at European level of the European humanitarian support mission (EUFOR Libya, which is however not mentioned as such in the letter) and which set out the main objectives of the mission: “contribute to the safe movement and evacuation of displaced persons and provide humanitarian support to UNOCHA operations through specialized military capabilities”. A notification made to the other authorities concerned: Egypt, Tunisia, Arab League and African Union.

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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