Central AfricaMissions Operations

Estonia confirms notable participation in EUFOR Rca Bangui (Update)

(credit: Estonian Ministry of Defence)
(credit: Estonian Ministry of Defence)

(BRUSSELS2) The Estonian Prime Minister, Andrus Ansip, officially confirmed today in a press conference organized in Tallin, the participation of the Estonian army in the future military operation in the Central African Republic (EUFOR Rca Bangui), as well as B2 announced it last night on the Club and this morning on B2. A resolution will be prepared to be submitted to the Parliament (the Riigikogu) to authorize this participation.

55 staff for 4 months

The Estonian contribution will be 55 men and women - or an infantry platoon of 35 people with armored vehicles and a logistics support unit. This commitment will be valid for a period of 4 months (for the first rotation), a fixed period which could be the only one, according to the Estonian Ministry of Defence. This type of force mainly participates in "force protection" tasks, such as guarding a base, patrolling along roads or lines of communication or serving as a rapid reaction force if necessary.

A notable contribution

This contribution may seem "modest" to some. However, it represents a significant contribution to the operation (approximately 10% of the workforce) and a substantial workforce for the Estonian army. It is also the first official confirmation from a Member State of the operation. It thus obliges the other countries which may hesitate to decide more quickly. And it will be difficult for certain countries which claim to play a role in European defense to provide less than Estonia. This allows us to hope to quickly obtain the necessary manpower for the launch of the operation. In the meantime, you can learn to say "Central Africa" ​​in Estonian: Kesk-Aafrika.

A justified mission

The mission in the Central African Republic is justified - explained the Prime Minister - during his press conference, " by the situation in the country ". " There are situations where humanitarian aid alone is not enough. You need to provide security assistance first” reports the site Delphi. The worst has been avoided so far thanks to " the French intervention which made it possible to avoid the genocide ". Answering questions from journalists, especially from the daily Postimees, on the meaning of this intervention so far from Estonia, the Prime Minister considered that " If we are able to help others, then it is our moral duty to do so. "!

Lire: The EUFOR RCA mission will remain centered on Bangui. France Framework Nation

(Updated 17.01 in the morning with additional elements on the Estonian force and their role on the spot)

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).