Sweden continues engagement in anti-piracy mission off Somalia

09:37, March 05, 2010      

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Sweden's government said on Thursday it would continue to support the European Union's anti-piracy mission off Somalia this year.

Sweden would send a warship and a helicopter, 175 officers and soldiers in total, to take part in the EU's mission, code-named Operation Atalanta, the government said in a statement.

Sweden's participation in the mission would begin in mid April and last for a maximum of six months, the statement said.

During the first four months from April to August, Sweden would have command responsibility for Atalanta, especially for Carlskona, it said.

Sweden contributed three naval vessels to the mission from May 15 to September 15 last year.

The EU formally launched its anti-piracy mission off the Somalia coast at the end of 2008, the first expeditionary naval operation of the 27-nation bloc.

Source: Xinhua
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