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The EU lends a hand to the Arab League for its OpsCenter (Update)

(BRUSSELS2, exclusive) At a time when the mission of Arab League observers in Syria is being renewed, Europeans could lend a hand to the organization in structuring its command center. It was, in fact, a project started a few weeks ago, quite discreetly, which goes beyond the scope of the observers' current mission. The objective is, in fact, for the Arab League to equip itself with an OpsCenter – command center or Situation Room depending on the name – capable of acting in the event of a crisis, in the short term or in the long term, whether whether it is a natural or technological disaster or a conflict.

A European mission has therefore left for Cairo in terms of crisis management. With a few EU specialists, who take turns on site, they will explain to their Arab counterparts their experience in this area, which is particularly useful today. The Europeans, however, want to remain fairly discreet; a request from the Arab League which fears any accusation of interference.

(update) A senior European diplomat confirmed the information from B2 in front of a few journalists on Friday 20 January. " We provide technical assistance to the Arab League, in particular to help them set up the Situation Room. The Arab League asked us in particular to train the staff of the Situation room »

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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).