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Monday, 24 May 2010

Somalia and Piracy

The 3011th Council meeting on Foreign Affairs held in Brussels on 10 May 2010 discussed the situation in Somalia, focusing on piracy and the issue of the prosecution of suspected pirates captured by ships taking part in Operation EU NAVFOR Atalanta. The High Representative briefed ministers on ongoing contacts with the Kenyan authorities. She indicated that she would be visiting the region shortly, beginning with Kenya. The EU has concluded transfer agreements with Kenya and the Seychelles. Agreements with other countries in the region are under discussion. The EU is committed to a regional approach, based on regional ownership and EU support for the countries in the region in their efforts to ensure the prosecution and detention of suspected pirates. EUNAVFOR Somalia - Operation ATALANTA was launched in December 2008 to contribute to the protection of World Food Programme vessels delivering food aid to displaced persons in Somalia, to the protection of vulnerable vessels sailing in the Gulf of Aden and off the coast of Somalia and to the deterrence, prevention and repression of acts of piracy and armed robbery. As part of its efforts to support stability and security in Somalia, the EU just launched a training mission (EUTM) in Uganda to train Somali troops.

Source: Council of the European Union