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EUFOR Rca: a decisive Friday?

(BRUSSELS2) Spirits are moderately optimistic, on the European side, to complete the first staff of the EUFOR Rca operation. " You will know more tomorrow says a senior officer to me who, however, shows a more decided optimism than a few days ago. Several countries have given positive indications regarding the possible engagement of different forces (logistics, medical support, transport).

Starting with the Belgium. A select council of ministers (Kern) should thus meet tomorrow, as indicated by my college in Belga (generally well informed *). The question of financing remains important (the Ministry of Defense not wanting to bear the cost of the operation). A Belgian official consulted by B2 refused, however, to move forward in the direction of a positive commitment. “All the parties in the coalition must agree”. But Brussels should be there for the Central African Republic. In addition to Belgium, several other countries were consulted - notablySpain and Italy - as a diplomat assured B2.

Finally, according to the information gathered by B2, a non-EU country was approached: the Montenegro could thus take part in the European operation. This would be a first in Africa for the small Balkan country. In absolute terms, there is no lack of a large workforce – only a good hundred people –. The manpower to be assembled is that necessary for the launch of the operation (the initial operational capability IOC). « If the force generation succeeds, tomorrow there will probably be other meetings » an officer told us.

(*) Even if B2 has its sources, we are not in the habit of taking up information from colleagues, without quoting or referencing them, unlike certain media with rogue practices.

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).