EU offers to reform Libyan security forces

EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs Catherine Ashton, Jan. 31, 2011.

From AFP:  The European Union is offering to help Libya’s rebels reform security forces after 42 years under a police state and collect weapons when the war ends, the EU’s chief diplomat said today. . . .

After 42 years of dictatorship, [Catherine] Ashton said reforming the security forces will be one of the long-term task to help the rebel administration "deal with the number of weapons that are currently in Libya" and border management.

"This is actually quite a long-term job, because it’s about making sure you have strong police forces operating in a democratic country," she said. . . .

The EU offered to deploy a military humanitarian mission to Libya at the height of the conflict to secure aid shipments, but the United Nations never called it in.  (photo: AP)

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