Category Archives: UK and its Leadership in Europe

The United Kingdom’s leadership in the UN Peacekeeping Missions


Secretary of State for Defence Michael Fallon hosted a UN Peacekeeping Defence Ministerial in London on 8 September 2016. The participants from 80 countries agreed to provide more supports for the UN Peacekeeping missions and the Humanitarian interventions.

The objectives of the conference: 

  • To improve the planning of peacekeeping operations – so the UN can better match requirements to capabilities;
  • To implement the pledges made back in September – to guarantee the UN can continue to field its force in the future;
  • To up the performance of peacekeepers so UN forces are: better-led and better-trained; better balanced – with more women participating; and more capable of protecting civilians on the ground – including by implementing the Women, Peace and Security agenda and preventing incidents of sexual exploitation and abuse.  Announced by the UK MOD Sep 7 2016 
  1. Additional: Opening Speech by Secretary of State for Defence The Rt Hon Michael Fallon 
  2. Speech delivered by Baroness Anelay, Minister of State for the UN, at the UN Peacekeeping Defence Ministerial in London on 8 September 2016

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The United Kingdom’s leadership in Joint Expeditionary Force

EUCOM, UKIn  November 2015,  the United Kingdom reaffirmed  its leading role in the Joint Expeditionary Force (JEF) with the participation of 10,000 Troops from:  Denmark,  Estonia, Latvia,  Lithuania, the Netherlands and  Norway.

The Joint Expeditionary Force is combined of a highly trained Military personnel to be Deployed at a short notice, for countering a wide range of International crisis, with Combat Power, Conventional Deterrence and Humanitarian Assistance. Described by the UK MoD.

We are Stronger together and have agreed to attach Forces to the JEF when the time is right. The Force will allow the UK and our Allies to share knowledge, skills and resources, and will mean we can deliver a rapidly deployable, flexible and integrated joint Force.”  explained  Defence Secretary Michael Fallon November 30, 2015 © UK M0D

On July 29 of this year,  the UK-led High-Readiness Force commenced its inaugural high level training with the ‘Exercise Joint Venture’ in the Cornwall/UK.   The Exercise aimed to enhance the Joint Expeditionary Force with a new Training and sharing of Land, Air and Sea skills and capabilities with the Armed-Forces from Denmark,  Estonia,  Latvia,  Lithuania,  the Netherlands,  Norway and the United Kingdom. 

Exercise Joint Venture has been a significant milestone in the delivery of the Joint Expeditionary Force. The Standing Joint Force Headquarters is proving new ground, in the way the UK and Coalition Partners are able to deliver real and concerted Military effect in a complex and ever-changing World.  I look forward to the Standing Joint Force Headquarters playing its part in bringing the Joint Expeditionary Force to full operating capability by the end of 2018.”  Stated  Major General Stuart Skeates. July 29, 2016 © UK M0D

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U.S-European Naval Forces in the Sea Breeze 2016

US naval Europe Africa May 22, 2016

The Sea Breeze 2016 has been launched in the Black Sea, with the main objectives of enhancing:

  • Allied Combat Skills,
  •  Interoperability,
  • and the Regional Security in the context of  Air, Land and Sea.

There are 13 participant Nations from:  Bulgaria, Georgia, Greece, Lithuania, Italy, Moldova, Poland, Romania, Sweden, Ukraine, Turkey, the United Kingdom, and the United States in this Training Exercise to maximize their joint capabilities.  The United States also provides most required Military assets to execute this Training.

Additional Reference: Sea Breeze 2016 Opening Ceremony July 25

Israel vital Role in the Region and its contribution to the Global Security

PM Blair and PM Netanyahu July 11, 2016 © The PM Netanyahu Office

Prime Minister Tony Blair visited Israel and met with Prime Minister Netanyahu. During their meeting the two Leaders discussed Regional Security and Peace, and the important Role that Israel holds, not only in the Region but also in the World.

Additional: Israel and Egypt deeper Partnership: Statements by PM Netanyahu and Egyptian Foreign Minister, on PM website

UK has been appointed Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights at the UN

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced the appointment of Andrew Gilmour of the United Kingdom  as Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights and Head of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) in New York.  June 24, 2016   © UN/NY   View the  announcement 

The aftermath of UK Referendum on EU


24 June 2016 © UK Foreign Office

Statement by President Obama on the outcome of the UK referendum:

“The people of the United Kingdom have spoken, and we respect their decision. The special relationship between the United States and the United Kingdom is enduring, and the United Kingdom’s membership in NATO remains a vital cornerstone of U.S. foreign, security, and economic policy. So too is our relationship with the European Union,” June 24, 2016 @ The White House

Statement by Prime Minister Rutte of the Netherlands on the outcome of UK referendum:

“The result of the UK referendum is disappointing. We must now look for stable solutions, calmly, and one step at a time. It is important to ensure stability. We are in the process of reforming the European Union. This result is an incentive to carry on with that reform and work hard for more prosperity, more jobs and more security. Particularly for a country like the Netherlands, cooperation is of vital importance.”  June 24,  2016 © MFA of the Netherlands

Statement by NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg  on the outcome of the referendum in UK:

“The British people have decided to leave the European Union. As it defines the next chapter in its relationship with the EU, I know that the United Kingdom’s position in NATO will remain unchanged. The UK will remain a strong and committed NATO Ally, and will continue to play its leading role in our Alliance”   June 24, 2016 © NATO  

Dear Readers, from our side we don’t have any words to add except ‘We are devastated by this out come as we see it, how in a broader context it would affect unfortunately– the entire Europe not only the United Kingdom. (the Editor)

The United Kingdom Stay with us et Pour toujours…..

The United Kingdom…… its Leadership in Europe ………and in the World

EUCOM, UKThe United Kingdom and its deep rooted Western Values,  its long standing Philosophical Ideals, Visions…….and Leadership. 

An Empire, whilst it thrived for centuries…….. changed the  World with its Alluring touch forever ……..

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The United Kingdom updated National plan on Business and Human Rights

FCO logo Copyright Protected by Law The RT Hon Baroness Anelay has announced in Parliament the update of the UK’s National Action Plan on Business and Human Rights.

“I am pleased that we have today published our updated National Action Plan on Business and Human Rights. The Plan rightly acknowledges the duty of Government but also sets out our expectation that UK businesses will act responsibly and in accordance with the UN Guiding Principles, wherever they operate.

Human Rights are at the heart of both our Diplomats’ and Ministers’ work and this updated National Action Plan clearly restates our conviction that the promotion of business and respect for human rights go hand in hand.”  stated the Rt Hon Baroness Anelay May 13, 2106 © UK Foreign Office

Good Business: Implementing the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, by UK Government

EULEX on Border Security Training

The European Union Rule of Law Mission in Kosovo ‘EULEX’  upgrades the Expertise of its Border Security Officers 

EULEX Officers in Drug Detection Training Course at Pristina International Airport May 2016






May 11, 2106 © EULEX

In the first week of May, EULEX conducted a special Training for the Law-Enforcement on ‘Drug Detection Training Course’.   Described by EULUX Public Office, the training was delivered by two UK Border Force Trainers at Pristina International Airport (PIA), and aimed to upgrade the expertise of the the Kosovo Border Police and Customs Officers in the areas of:

  • Border Security
  • Detect/seizing all categories of prohibited drugs
  • And  control/interview and arrest the drug traffickers. May 11, 2106 © EULEX

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