Posted by: africanpressorganization | 16 July 2012

Fight against piracy: a new civilian Common Security and Defence Policy mission to strengthen maritime capacities in the Horn of Africa


 

 

Fight against piracy: a new civilian Common Security and Defence Policy mission to strengthen maritime capacities in the Horn of Africa

 

BRUSSELS, Kingdom of Belgium, July 16, 2012/African Press Organization (APO)/ — The Council today approved the launch of a new civilian Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP) mission, EUCAP Nestor, to support regional maritime capacity-building in the Horn of Africa and Western Indian Ocean states.

EUCAP Nestor is part of the EU’s comprehensive approach to fighting piracy and

instability in the region. A team of around 175 people will work to reinforce the capacity

of states in the region to effectively govern their territorial waters. Djibouti, Kenya, the

Seychelles and Somalia have accepted the EU’s offer of assistance. The mission will be

extended to support Tanzania as soon as possible.

EU High Representative Catherine Ashton said: “By launching this new mission in the

Horn of Africa, the EU is highlighting once again its leading role in the fight against

piracy. Under the leadership of the countries themselves, I hope that EUCAP !estor will

create lasting solutions to the scourge of piracy.”

The new mission has two main objectives: strengthening the sea-going maritime capacities

in the countries in the region (with the exception of Somalia) and, in Somalia, the training

of a coastal police force as well as of judges. It will give expert advice on legal, policy and

operational matters concerning maritime security, deliver coast guard training and help to

procure the necessary equipment.

 

SOURCE 

European Council


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