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Will the Georgians come to Bangui? (Shift)

FlagGeorgia(BRUSSELS2 – exclusive) Will the Georgian company come to Bangui? The question may arise. Indeed, Georgia had put a condition on sending a company for the European stabilization operation in the Central African Republic (EUFOR RCA). That European member states ensure troop transport, room and board. A request which is not abnormal since it was the Europeans who requested Georgia's help to carry out this operation which they themselves are incapable of carrying out.

The solution is, however, simple: one or more States must decide to take out the checkbook and contribute a little to welcoming Georgians. It would not be illogical for states which contribute relatively little to this force to make this gesture. But it seems that Europeans are reluctant to take out their wallets. And all the arguments are good... On the side of the Athena mechanism, which must cover common costs, we retort that this mechanism is not designed to take charge of the forces on site; this cannot be covered by common costs.

France, which assumes the role of framework nation, and has already filled in the existing “holes”, believes that it has already done a lot. The other member states are silent, an electoral campaign argument for some, budgetary difficulties for others, a crisis in the east for others. Greece hosts the HQ. Germany has already released its checkbook through the Salis strategic transport. The Baltic countries made a notable contribution. Spain and Italy – initially reluctant to send soldiers – finally announced a contribution. etc. In short, once again it’s burying our heads in the sand. And all the good reasons to go out. However, there is urgency. The Georgians were expected to arrive there by mid-June. And their arrival in some way greatly conditions the full operational capacity of the mission. If the Europeans persist in their collective bad faith, Tbilisi could return to its initial proposal: send only a section instead of a company! Yours sincerely, ladies and gentlemen...

NB: in our opinion, some countries do not really participate in the mission; they could therefore make a gesture: United Kingdom, Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, Ireland, Czech Republic, Austria, Croatia…

PS: On the side of the European Diplomatic Service, it is specified that the " deployment of the Georgian contingent is indeed planned by mid-June, with Swedish and British support. No lack of funding prevents this deployment from taking place on time. »

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).

One thought on “Will the Georgians come to Bangui? (Shift)"

  • What is the meaning of a possible intervention by the Georgian army in the Central African Republic? Humanitarian operation or a mercenary approach? If Europe pays for Tbilisi's intervention, we are indeed in the second scenario. Not very glorious then.

    A quick note about the list of countries should “make a move”.

    The operation in Bangui does not fall within the framework of the general policy of the European Union but within that of a post-colonial action carried out by the former supervisory power, France.
    So I don't see why countries like Ireland or Luxembourg that never had a colonial empire should join. Did Paris ask them for their green light before intervening? Those like the United Kingdom or Belgium which had a colonial empire take care above all of their meadows. When London intervened in Sierra Leone to put an end to the abuses of a civil war, France did not intervene in this case, neither militarily nor financially.

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