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The mistake…

(BRUSSELS2) The latest gaffe by Catherine Ashton, the High Representative of the EU, is causing a stir in Italy and is not of the best kind. Referring to the case of Italian soldiers detained in India – and suspected of having killed two fishermen by mistake – she spoke of discussions with the Indian authorities on the need to regulate the situation of “ armed private security guards ». A mistake confirmed in the first press release issued (see here).

The press release issued by the Chizzi Palace is slightly different, it refers to the need for the Indian and European authorities to strengthen their cooperation in the fight against piracy and “E più particolarmente di dare ulteriore impulso alla discussione in corso per giungere alla definizione di regole internazionali sulla presenza di personale delle forze armate a bordo di navi mercantili. » No need to be an expert in Italian letters to understand that what is at stake is the regulation of the personnel of the armed forces on board merchant ships (the full press release here). The information has already been given as is at the press briefing; arousing the astonishment of our Italian colleagues. Drama in the peninsula where the entire political, media and military class is mobilizing to get out “ from there our marines ».

Finally, the error was corrected on the European side (see press release in French and English). The corrected press release speaks of "placing this incident in the broader context of international cooperation in the field of the fight against piracy and, more particularly, of the question of the regulation of protection against piracy." on board boats, whether carried out by the ship protection detachment or by security officers? weapons under private contract? ". a bit late.

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Read also:The EU wants to reflect on the use of armed private guards. Finally !


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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