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Cathy in Tripoli to open the EU Delegation

(BRUSSELS2) Shh, it’s an open secret…. The EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs, Catherine Ashton, will be in Tripoli on Saturday (12 November). A few hours before the meeting of the 27 foreign ministers (Monday November 14), she will notably inaugurate the European Union delegation in the Libyan capital. A highly symbolic act which signifies for the EU the start of a normalization process after the death of Colonel Gaddafi and the arrival of a new government. The delegation is expected to be led by James Moran, director for Asia at the European Diplomatic Service (EEAS).

The opening of a delegation in Libya – the 136th – was planned on the European Commission's schedule in 2010. But it had to be postponed due to the civil conflict. The European Union very quickly opened a technical liaison office on the side of the insurgents in Benghazi. Which was a first, the EU having never formalized contacts at such a high level with an organization fighting against the legitimately recognized power. Several “exploratory” missions also went to Libya during the recent conflict both to assess the humanitarian and security situation, and also maintain political contacts both with the representatives of the new Libya and with the former power of Gaddafi.

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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).

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