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EU navy asks for help to end piracy in Somalia

The Star (Nairobi)
Sunday, June 09, 2013

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The EU Naval Force has called for cooperation to eradicate piracy.Force commander Jorge Novo Palma yesterday said despite the significant reduction of piracy in the last 14 months, more efforts are needed to curb the vice .

“As you know, piracy is contained. It is not over. This would be my message,” said Palma.The EU Navfor’s Operation Atalanta has delivered over 800,000 tonnes of World Food Programme shipment into Somalia since 2008.

Over one million people in Somalia depend on humanitarian aid.Addressing the press aboard the EU Naval Force Portuguese Flagship, NRP Álvares Cabral, Palma said after Operation Atalanta is closed, he will engage in other development activities in Somalia.

He said the EU plans to tackle the problems in Somalia by  stabilizing the country's economy.“We have the ability to contain the piracy. This is what we are seeking,” said Palma.

“But the piracy will be over only when the country is stabilized and governance is leveraged and development will come also,” said the force commander.

He said piracy is a symptom of other problems in Somalia.



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