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EU-trained Libyan Coast Guard flies with Austrian Air Force

(B2) A Austrian plane C130 HERCULES transported 22 members of the Libyan navy and coast guard from Chania airport (Crete) to Tunis. These sailors had just received training given by the Hellenic Navy, with the support of the European operation in the Mediterranean (EUNAVFOR MED / Sophia).

NB: A session held rather discreetly, unlike previous training courses, which had given rise to more extensive press communication. The training of the Libyan coast guard constitutes a key point of the European strategy to strengthen the rule of law in Libya and to stem the migration crisis from Africa. But it is increasingly contested by NGOs and human rights organizations who denounce the non-compliance by the Libyan coast guard with the basic rules of the law of the sea (rescue at sea) as well as reception and the right of refugees to choose their country of asylum.

Austria has agreed to donate a number of flight hours as well as the aircraft to support the EU maritime mission in the Central Mediterranean to demonstrate its commitment to the mission. The flight was initiated and planned by the Austrian officer of the CJ4 branch of Operation Sophia responsible for logistical operations and the German staff officer responsible for movements and transport in the same branch” specifies the press officer of Operation Sophia.

(NGV)

Photo credit: EUNAVFOR Med/Sophia

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).