The European Union has said they hope to send troops to Mozambique to aid in quelling the insurgency. According to EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrel “ we are considering a potential European Union training mission, we have a few steps ahead of us but I hope it will be launched as soon as possible”. Mozambique’s former colonial ruler, Portugal, has promised to provide half of the troops, the number of which is set to number approximately 5000. In fact, Portugal has already deployed advance military instructors, who will eventually form part of the training mission, once they have all been deployed. The initiative though, has not been met with total enthusiasm. Some member states of the EU have stated their reluctance, saying that the intervention will not have a direct benefit to the EU’s geopolitical aspirations, with German Defense Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer pouring cold water on the idea- saying it was just “one of the thousands of ideas that are currently being discussed”. Historically, EU states have been reluctant to involve the regional bloc in peace keeping activities under the EU flag, because most of them are NATO aligned countries and use the NATO authority to intervene. If this EU intervention happens then, it will be a marked change from their usual behaviour.

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