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Posted by Richard Friday, February 08, 2008 ,

The Economist's Charlemagne comments on the much-delayed EU force deployment to Chad:

An "embarrassment", says a diplomat of the delays over a European Union peacekeeping mission to Chad. It is eight months since France's foreign minister, Bernard Kouchner, said there was an urgent need to stabilise Chad's border with Sudan, and to protect refugees from Darfur. Since then EU members have squabbled over who should provide troops, kit and helicopters - and who should pay the bills. Military chiefs proved "very cautious about casualties", comments the diplomat.
EU Referendum features somewhat in the piece, which also raises the same issues as this brief item.

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