Sunday, December 14, 2008

three kings in Solana's way

will 10 kings plus 1 send troops to Congo?(AFP)

"Britain is refusing to take part in a proposed European armed intervention in eastern Congo despite a growing clamour for an EU force to help avoid a bigger humanitarian disaster."...

"One European diplomat told the Guardian: "Miliband is adamant that the EU should not get involved. Britain and Germany are leading the resistance. But something has to be done."

"Ban Ki-moon, the UN secretary general, Javier Solana, the EU foreign policy chief, several ministers and human rights groups pushed for a robust intervention under European command"

"...Solana tabled a menu of four military options for the EU, the first of which would entail the deployment of a British or German battle group of around 1,500 troops to Goma and North Kivu."

"...Solana's proposals last night for four different EU military missions to Congo followed a plea for help to Brussels from the UN secretary-general...."

"Like the UK, Germany opposes sending its battle group, which is also on standby for deployment. Bernard Kouchner, the French foreign minister and an apostle of armed humanitarian intervention, is keen for the EU to act, but diplomats are unsure if he has the backing of Nicolas Sarkozy."

"France cool on EU peacekeepers for DR Congo

"French President Nicolas Sarkozy played down the prospect of European peacekeepers being sent to war-torn Democratic Republic of Congo, saying other troops were better placed to provide security. "It's not that we are not interested in the DRC but you can't be everywhere all the time. There are limits," Sarkozy, whose country currently holds the EU president, told a press conference after a summit in Brussels."

stay tuned!


Anonymous said...

he shall pull up 3 by thier roots?

Anonymous said...

thanks a lot for talking about the situation in North Kivu.
It´s incredible how hipocritical Milliband can be then (and this is the man who will succeed Gordon Brown? scary). He champions the diplomacy effort and now...
So Solana is like Don Quixote, fighting windmills? He is weak because no one wants his position to be strong, no matter who chairs it... Europe may have once a common foreign policy, but it will take a hundred years.

An humanitarian worker in Goma, DRC