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Monday, 27 January 2014

EU set to extend Somalian anti-piracy force until 2016

The EU is poised to prolong the life of Operation Atalanta, a multi-million euro counter-piracy naval force off the coast of Somalia, as part of the bloc’s comprehensive approach to state-building and peace-making in the Horn of Africa.
The mandate for the force was due to run out in December 2014, but an EU official speaking on condition of anonymity cited “good indications” that it would be extended.
“There is now no reason to believe that member states would not extend it,” the source said. “It is even likely to be extended for two more years.”
The programme, which is thought to cost over €100 million a year, protects international shipping and takes active steps to counter piracy, as well as monitoring fishing activities.
It is viewed by Brussels as one of a raft of tools - including financial aid and the training of security forces - necessary for the EU's 'comprehensive approach' to state-building and peace-making in the Horn of Africa, meshing humanitarian and political tracks.

Source: EurActiv