World Video | Defence | Foreign Affairs | Natural Events | Trade | NZ in World News | NZ National News Video | NZ Regional News | Search

 


Armed forces role in EU-Congo peacekeeping mission

Cabinet approves armed forces role in EU peacekeeping mission in Congo

On June 13 the cabinet approved the involvement of armed forces personnel in support of Operation ARTEMIS, an EU-led peacekeeping mission in the Congo. Through its involvement the German government wants to assist in the process of stabilizing the Republic of Congo.

German involvement in the EU-led force known as EUFOR will be subject to a time limit expiring on September 1. It can begin immediately after approval by the German parliament, which is scheduled to take place next week.

Mission

Operation ARTEMIS is intended to stabilize the security situation in the Congo. Its mission is to improve the humanitarian situation, to provide security at the airport and at the refugee camps in Bunia as well as for the civilian population and for humanitarian relief workers. The EU operation will carry out this mission in close cooperation with MONUC, the UN Observation Mission in the Congo (Mission d'Observation des Nations Unies au Congo). The United Nations will strengthen the MONUC force contingent by mid-August.

Germany will provide a maximum of 350 armed forces personnel for Operation ARTEMIS. Except in cases of emergency and to provide medical evacuation services they will not be present in the EUFOR mission area in and around Bunia.

German military personnel will assume responsibility for the following tasks:

providing support for operating the logistical base of the operation, which will be located just outside the Democratic Republic of Congo (the city of Entebbe in Uganda is under consideration),

providing air transport to this logistical base,

providing the use of a "flying hospital" (AIRMEDIVAC),

providing personnel for the multinational headquarters in Paris.

Basis of the mission

The mission is based on UN Security Council Resolution 1484 of May 30 this year which mandates the deployment of an Interim Emergency Multinational Force (IEMF) and requests support of member nations.

On June 5 the European Union declared its willingness to assume responsibility for the operation. Final approval was given on June 12. This mission is the first ever to be carried out by the European Union without NATO support. It is also based on Article 24, paragraph 2 of the German constitution (Basic Law) regarding the country's freedom to enter into a system of mutual collective security.

South Africa and Canada will be involved in the operation in addition to EU countries. France has already started to deploy units and will have command of the operation.


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
World Headlines

 

Preliminary Results: MH17 Investigation Report

The Joint Investigation Team (JIT) is convinced of having obtained irrefutable evidence to establish that on 17 July 2014, flight MH-17 was shot down by a BUK missile from the 9M38-series. According to the JIT there is also evidence identifying the launch location that involves an agricultural field near Pervomaiskyi which, at the time, was controlled by pro-Russian fighters. More>>

ALSO:

At The UN: Paris Climate Agreement Moves Closer To Entry Into Force

The Paris Agreement on climate change moved closer toward entering into force in 2016 as 31 more countries joined the agreement today at a special event hosted by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. More>>

ALSO:

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The End Game In Spain (And Other World News)

The coverage of international news seems almost entirely dependent on a random selection of whatever some overseas news agency happens to be carrying overnight... Here are a few interesting international stories that have largely flown beneath the radar this past week. More>>

Amnesty/Human Rights Watch: Appalling Abuse, Neglect Of Refugees On Nauru

Refugees and asylum seekers on Nauru, most of whom have been held there for three years, routinely face neglect by health workers and other service providers who have been hired by the Australian government, as well as frequent unpunished assaults by local Nauruans. More>>

ALSO:

Other Australian Detention

Gordon Campbell: On The Censorship Havoc In South Africa’s State Broadcaster

Demands have included an order to staff that there should be no further negative news about the country’s President Jacob Zuma, and SABC camera operators responsible for choosing camera angles that have allegedly made the President ‘look shorter’ were to be retrained... More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On A Bad Week For Malcolm Turnbull, And The Queen

Malcolm Turnbull’s immediate goal – mere survival – is still within his grasp... In every other respect though, this election has been a total disaster for the Liberals. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 
 
 
 
 
World
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news