Greece, France call for "credible" military for Europe
Paris (AP) - France and Greece said friday they want to work with other european countries to build a Europe that speaks with one voice and has credible military power.
French President Jacques Chirac and Greek Prime Minister Costas Caramanlis, in a joint statement released after talks in Paris, sais NATO remains the fundation of collective european defense. But they reaffirmed their support for rapid-reaction battlegroups being formed by EU nations.
The battlegroups, able to launch peacekeeping operations anywhere in the world within 10 days, are expected to be ready by 2007. The french and greek leaders also said Europe should reinforce its civilian and military capacities to react rapidly to humanitarian crises.
They said they want to "continue to work with all partners who wish it on building a political europe capable of expressing itself with one voice internationaly, a Europe equipped with the military capacities necessary for its political credibility.