Britain opposes EU military HQ in Brussels: Hague

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British Foreign Secretary William Hague voiced opposition on Monday to any permanent European Union military headquarters in Brussels, an idea backed by France for years.

"It is very clear that the United Kingdom will not agree now or in the future to an EU permanent HQ," Hague said after meeting with EU counterparts in Brussels.

Britain's chief diplomat said an EU military headquarters would be costly and create duplications with existing structures within the NATO transatlantic alliance.

EU foreign and security policy chief Catherine Ashton issued a report to the ministers proposing two options: creating a Brussels HQ or revitalising existing structures.

Hague said London would strive to scrub the idea of an EU military HQ from Ashton's report.

© 2011 AFP

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