France to help set up EU battle group by 2013

8th December 2006, Comments 0 comments

WARSAW, Dec 7, 2006 (AFP) - Poland, Germany and France, which together make up the so-called Weimar Triangle, are to set up a battle group that will fall under the European Union's command structure, military officials said Thursday.

WARSAW, Dec 7, 2006 (AFP) - Poland, Germany and France, which together make up the so-called Weimar Triangle, are to set up a battle group that will fall under the European Union's command structure, military officials said Thursday.

"We have agreed that the EU Weimar battle group will be operational by the first half of 2013," Polish armed forces chief, General Franciszek Gagor, told reporters after meeting with his French and German counterparts, Generals Jean-Louis Georgelin and Wolfgang Schneiderhan.

"The unit will comprise 1,500 men. It will serve as a land and air or land, air and sea unit, depending on need," Gagor said.

"A commanding unit will be set up for every operation on the ground in Europe. It will remain in permanent contact with chiefs of staff in Brussels and with the military committee" of the European Union, which is made up of the chiefs of staff of member states, the Polish general said.

Poland has been tasked with drawing up the structure of the battle group, Gagor said.

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