EU terms piracy big challenge for region, international Community

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The European Union (EU) has termed piracy as one of the big challenges of the current times both for the region and for the international Community, the local newspaper Daily News reported on Friday.

Catherine Ashton, the EU's high representative for Foreign Affairs, made the remarks after her talks with Tanznian President Jakaya Kikwete in Dar es Salaam, the report said.

Ashton said that the EU is committed to building the Tanzania's capacity to tackle the problem, while Kikwete has expressed his desire to combat piracy.

Given that each country in the region has its own requirements in prosecution of pirates, the EU will support countries in their efforts to ensure prosecution and detention of pirates, she added.

The EU has concluded transfer agreements with Kenya and the Seychelles to allow for the prosecution of pirates caught in international waters by EU Naval forces, according to Ashton.

However, agreements with Tanzania and other countries in the region are under discussion, according to the report.

The EU top diplomat also noted that Europe is committed to continued support to Tanzania as a strong partner despite the economic shakeup in Europe.

After her trip to Kenya and Tanzania, Ashton will visit Seychelles where she will make a key note address to a Regional Ministerial Conference hosted by the Government of Seychelles on a regional approach to fighting piracy off the coast of Somalia.

Source: Xinhua

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