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EU to strengthen maritime capacities in Horn of Africa


09:51, December 13, 2011

BRUSSELS, Dec. 12 (Xinhua) -- The Council of the European Union (EU) on Monday approved the concept for a new Common Security and Defence Policy mission to strengthen regional maritime capacity in the Horn of Africa and Western Indian Ocean states.

The mission is part of the EU's comprehensive efforts to fight piracy and instability in the region.

"Its objective is to strengthen the capacity of states in the region to effectively govern their territorial waters and to reinforce their capacity to fight piracy," said an EU statement.

According to the statement, the new mission has two main tasks: strengthening the sea-going maritime capacities in the countries within the region (with the exception of Somalia) and training a coastal police force and training and protecting judges in Somalia.

"Specific activities to execute those tasks are to give expert advice on legal, policy and operational matters concerning maritime security; coast guard training to develop the ability to enforce laws on the sea; and procurement of the necessary equipment," it said.

According to the statement, the EU support will be offered to Djibouti, Kenya, Tanzania, Mozambique, the Seychelles, Mauritius, Yemen and Somalia, in particular to the regions of Puntland, Somaliland and Galmudug.

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