Britain, France commit to EU rapid response force

19th November 2004, Comments 0 comments

LONDON, Nov 18 (AFP) - France and Britain said Thursday they will provide national and multinational tactical military groups from 2007 to enable the EU to conduct two simultaneous rapid response operations whenever necessary.

LONDON, Nov 18 (AFP) - France and Britain said Thursday they will provide national and multinational tactical military groups from 2007 to enable the EU to conduct two simultaneous rapid response operations whenever necessary.

The joint announcement at the end of a one-day Franco-British summit here said the two countries and other EU partners would provide at least one rapid tactical group to the European Union from next January for response to emerging crises.

It recalled Franco-British proposals in 2003 for the EU to set up 1,500-man-strong tactical forces on a national or multinational basis, capable of responding at the request of the United Nations.

As of 2007, Britain and France would commit themselves to provide national and multinational tactical groups to boost the EU's full operational capacity to engage in two simultaneous rapid reaction missions, it said.

The units would be particularly useful supporting the UN in Europe, Africa, and other crisis areas, with Africa receiving priority in EU security thinking.

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