Private military and security companies: Speech on behalf of High Representative/Vice-President Josep Borrell at the EP plenary

26 Nov: Private military and security companies: Speech on behalf of High Representative/Vice-President Josep Borrell at the EP plenary

(Source: EEAS)

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Thank you President, Honourable Members,

The use of private military and security companies has become common in conflict-affected situations.

On the one hand, this practice can be legitimate in certain circumstances, and as long as all applicable bodies of law are fully respected and incorporated in their activities. In particular, these companies must operate under precise contractual obligations, control and oversight, and with safeguards in place to prevent excessive use of force. The contracting state, the state where the company is operating and the state where the company is registered all have obligations to ensure …