PARIS, January 20, 2010 (AFP) The European response to the earthquake in Haiti is "pathetic," said Wednesday the president of the UMP Foreign Affairs Committee of the National Assembly, Axel Poniatowski, demanding the creation of a civilian security force in Europe.
"The great lesson of Haiti is that Europe (should be) able to have a kind of civil European security to cope with such tragedy," he said during a debate in Paris on the United United, a year after coming to power of Barack Obama.
"The situation of Europe in this area is pretty pathetic. It's great that France is the next morning in Haiti, it is pathetic to see that each of the ten European countries who are present are individually any one approach Lilliputian in fact, "he added.
"We can understand that it is complicated to the European Defense because it is a matter of national sovereignty, however when responding to natural disasters, is less well understood than the Europeans not all are able to build a civilian security force, "he said.
During the same debate, the Secretary of State for European Affairs, Pierre Lellouche, said the chief diplomat of the European Union, Catherine Ashton Columbia, was not Nicolas Sarkozy, referring to the capacity allocated to this last dynamic response to a crisis.
"Sure, Ashton would have been able to show in Haiti immediately and show the flag (European). And everyone is not Nicolas Sarkozy", he said, repeating that humanitarianism was a shared power and the strength of the EU lies in its civil-military capacity for reconstruction.
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