EU defense ministers agree on cooperation between civilian, military actors 2009-09-29 07:12:51   Print

    STOCKHOLM, Sept. 28 (Xinhua) -- The EU defense ministers agreed Monday that better cooperation between civilian and military actors would contribute to improved maritime surveillance and more effective peace support operations.

    "What we all agreed upon today is about the international and inter-agency cooperation to share and utilize the information that actually already exist," Sweden's Defense Minister Sten Tolgfors said at a press conference during the informal ministerial meeting being held in Sweden's second biggest city Gothenburg.

    "This is not about economic issue but legal and political will," said he.

    The ministers have agreed to cooperate in training, risk assessment, intelligence, information sharing, evacuation, logistic support and strategic transport. The formal blueprint will be discussed again in November, Tolgfors added.

    During the two day informal meeting, the ministers will continue to discuss usability and flexibility of the battle group and the Afghan issue.

Editor: Anne Tang
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