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NATO recognizes the presence of men on the ground in its allies

(BRUSSELS2) During a press briefing held in Brussels on Tuesday (August 30), Colonel Roland Lavoie, spokesperson for the operation Unified Protector insisted on denying the presence of troops on land under NATO command. But he still recognized that troops on the ground among his allies were present. And that the allies had discussions on these issues. For the colonel: “ Our NATO mission has no troops on the ground. And as a spokesperson for NATO this is what I could talk about. So I tell you concretely we have no ground troops on the ground. We do have exchange of information with Allies, presence of Allied nations on the ground, but as part of Operation Unified Protector we have no such presence ».

It is indeed an open secret. As in any inter or multinational operation, some of the countries involved carry out special missions, sometimes in close connection with the operation carried out internationally, but not under its command. This allows both autonomy of command, speed of action and not harming international action. One being useful to the other (and vice versa).

NB: We will also point out that all this debate around men engaged on the ground is quite unrealistic because the UN resolution prohibits “ occupying forces » not the forces on land. There is a singular difference there which is not just semantic.

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).