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Powell positive on EU defence plans
EUOBSERVER / BRUSSELS - The US Secretary of State Colin Powell indicated today (18 November) that his government was now more comfortable with EU plans to develop its defence capabilities.
"We support all the initiatives that are underway to expand the capabilities of the European Union in the security field", he told journalists after meeting his EU counterparts.
According to sources Mr Powell brought to the meeting a number of questions about the EU?s drive for more defence autonomy, relating particularly the possible risks to NATO?s primacy in Europe.
One eastern European diplomat told the EUobserver that the EU?s position that development in the military sphere would not put NATO in jeopardy went some why to reassuring Mr Powell.