EU to form rapid reaction force

24th November 2004, Comments 0 comments

24 November 2004, BRUSSELS - European Union defence ministers have agreed to set up a military rapid reaction force, to be deployed at short notice to conflicts around the world.

24 November 2004

BRUSSELS - European Union defence ministers have agreed to set up a military rapid reaction force, to be deployed at short notice to conflicts around the world.

The force, to be in place within three years, will consist of a number of units each made up of 1500 troops.

France, Italy, Britain and Spain will each form a unit, and other EU states will be expected to contribute troops.

Ministers expect the first of the battle groups to be operational by next year, with eight more by 2007.

The development is part of an EU effort to develop an independent defence capacity that can be deployed outside of US-led Nato missions.

Rapid reaction forces could be deployed to fill a gap before UN peacekeepers can be deployed, as a French-led operation did in the Bunia region of eastern Congo earlier this year.

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Subject: Spanish news

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