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NATO ready to play post-Gaddafi role

(BRUSSELS2)

NATO is ready to continue its engagement beyond the military operation, if required and necessary, in order to ensure the stabilization of the country. But " without having troops on the ground. As NATO has no ground troops since the start of the operation ". A contradiction of which the spokesperson is well aware and which the NAC ambassadors must debate this afternoon (and undoubtedly in the days to come). A role that the European Union also claims.

The NATO experience

According to Alliance spokesperson Oana Lungescu, NATO has a certain credibility on this subject. The alliance could thus bring in particular “ support for security sector reform in Libya, an area where NATO has extremely important experience. Several allies – former communist countries – carried out this reform with the assistance of NATO. Experience that can be made available to Libya or other countries in the region »

Small contradiction on the presence on the ground

NATO, however, remains very cautious and talks about this future role. On the exact contours of this future mission, the spokesperson specified that “ that remains to be decided. Our role remains a helping role, it will not be a main role, and without having NATO troops on the ground » she further clarified. It remains to be seen whether we consider trainers or experts (in civilian clothes) as “troops on the ground”. We see it, we play on words. But we are on very slippery ground.

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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