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The commander of EUFOR RCA Bangui appointed today (MAJ) = General Pontiès

General Ponties
General Ponties (credit: FR Ministry of Defense / DICOD)

(BRUXELLES2 - exclusive) The appointment of the commander of the EUFOR RCA Bangui operation should be endorsed today by the ambassadors of the COPS (Political and Security Committee). According to our information, it could be the Major General Philippe Pontiès, currently Commander of Force Headquarters number 3 in Marseille. He will officiate from Larissa (Greece), an air base, located between Thessaloniki and Athens, which will serve as Operation Headquarters (OHQ).

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A communicator at the head of EUFOR RCA Bangui

Philippe Ponties is particularly known to journalists for having been number two of the Dicod, the information and communication department of the Defence. He served in several overseas operations: Manta in Chad in 2, UNOMIG in Georgia in 1983-1995, Operation Trident in Kosovo in 1996-2001.

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).