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European observers in Tunisia: yes if the country wishes

(BRUSSELS2) The border incidents between Libya and Tunisia, near the Berber mountains (1), are being followed very carefully by the European diplomatic service. But no need for action at the moment. “ This would mean a request from Tunisia to the international community. We're not there yet. “explains a senior European diplomat” There have been incidents, of course. But which cannot yet be described as of great importance. The Tunisian authorities could also, if they consider it necessary, refer the matter to the United Nations Security Council. So far they have not done so. We therefore have the impression that if the situation concerns them, it has not reached the necessary degree of seriousness. European diplomacy is ready, if necessary. " If the Tunisians wish it, if we have a United Nations resolution requesting it, we can provide the necessary assistance to Tunisia.", such as deploying observers civilians along the border, Yes it's possible responds my interlocutor (2).

“Anything that can threaten civilians becomes a legitimate target” (NATO)

It should be noted that on the NATO side, we are also following the situation on the Tunisian-Libyan border very closely. “ We don't have – and we can't have – ground staff. But we exercise constant surveillance by all possible means » a senior officer from Naples HQ explained to me. And to specify, NATO maintains its “ means on alert, to identify where attacks are coming from and anything that can threaten civilians becomes a legitimate target for strikes for us ". NATO deputy spokesperson, Carmen Romero, confirmed that she “does not not have received a request for assistance from the Tunisian government at this time. » NB: Tunisia is a member of the Mediterranean dialogue initiated by the Atlantic Alliance.

(1) You should know that for the forces of Gaddafi, the only way to dislodge the rebels from the border post of Dehiba, the main road being blocked by a landslide caused, is to go through Tunisia. You can also read here a testimony, one of the few on the situation in the Berber mountain, on the road to Nalut

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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).