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Weimar Battle Group Discussed
February 4, 2009   
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Military officials from Poland, Germany and France met in Warsaw Jan. 28 to discuss forming the Weimar Battle Group, a planned EU multinational unit.

Gen. Anatol Wojtan of the Polish Military General Staff has told journalists that as a "framework state," Poland is obligated to provide the commanders for the group, a mechanized battalion equipped with Rosomak armored vehicles and supporting units. In total, Poland will be in charge of over 50 percent of the group's personnel. The group will be ready for operation in the first half of 2013.

Tasks facing the group will include separation of parties in local conflicts and support of evacuation and humanitarian missions under EU auspices. The decision to form the Polish-German-French group was made in July 2006 when defense ministers of the Weimar Triangle countries met in Wieliczka in southern Poland.

As a framework state, Poland is involved in the formation of two EU Battle Groups, the other one comprising Germany, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland and Slovakia. Another battle group currently under consideration might consist of forces from Poland, Slovakia, Hungary, the Czech Republic and Ukraine.
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