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Missions in “Palestine” extended by 6 months pending a decision

(credit: Eupol Copps)

(BRUSSELS2) The two European missions in Palestine, police training (EUPOL Copps) and border posts (EUBAM) are finally extended for another six months, until June 2012. The ambassadors of the 27 approved this decision without discussion on December 19. They should normally decide before 2012 on the future of these two missions. Several options were in play: merger between EUBAM Rafah and EUPOL Copps, closure of the Eubam Rafah mission, resizing of the two missions. But they did not manage to decide.

A “strategic review” is underway – as in all PeSDC missions – which should allow us to take stock. And the evolution of the situation on the spot with the process of recognition of the Palestinian State at the international level must play a role. In the meantime, a synergy between certain positions is being achieved, to have some common positions on technical functions, a bit like what was done in Congo between Eusec RDC and Eupol RDC. The budget was set at 4,75 million euros and 970 euros respectively for the period.

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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).