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Indian Ocean Ministers and EU on Piracy and Maritime Security

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Thursday, 21 October 2010

Indian Ocean Ministers and EU on Piracy and Maritime Security

The Eastern and Southern Africa – Indian Ocean Ministers and European Union High Representative held the 2nd Regional Ministerial Meeting on Piracy and Maritime Security in the Eastern and Southern Africa and Indian Ocean Region on 7th October 2010 in Mauritius.The The Ministers express deep concern over the persistent scourge of piracy, particularly its impact on peace, security, stability and maritime security, its links to transnational organised crime, as well as its possible links to terrorist activities and the challenges it poses to private sector development, regional and international trade, economic integration and development. recognise the crucial role of the European Union Atalanta Operation, States of the region, and other naval forces in combating piracy and particularly commended Kenya and Seychelles as prosecuting States, and encouraged others to engage.
They consider and adopt a Regional Strategy (RS) which provides for a regional framework to prevent and combat piracy, and promote maritime security through a three-pillar approach:
i. Develop, agree and implement a Somalia Inland Action Plan to counter and revent piracy;
ii. Encourage States of the region to undertake prosecution of pirates apprehended in the region with the financial and technical support of the
international community;
iii. Strengthen capacities of States of the region to secure their maritime zones.

Source: Council of the European Union