Somalia: The Proliferation of Piracy is a Serious Issue

Nairobi (HAN) May 10, 2014 – Your Power & Regional Influence Magazine, a Regional security awareness partner with the Operation Commander of the EU Naval Force, Rear Admiral Bob Tarrant.  The stakes are much higher than ever before. And, despite the negative reports that dominate the news and thus perpetuate the sense of hopelessness, voices of reason are becoming more audible against the current senseless violence, chaos and extremism in Somalia.

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Rear Admiral Bob Tarran, attended EU-Canada Cooperation in Common security and defense Symposium, held in Ottawa and released this statement, “I am very concerned that seafarers and nations will lower their guard and support for counter piracy operations in the belief that the piracy threat is over,” Tarrant said in a statement. ” It is not; it is merely contained.

Admiral Issues Piracy warning not only Somalia but also West Africa. The Operation Commander of the EU Naval Force, Rear Admiral Bob Tarrant, has issued a renewed warning that Somali pirates are still determined to get out to sea and, if presented with an easy target, will attack.

 

As a result of the Somali coastline SOS calls and regional concerns, and as part of the Comprehensive Approach to Somalia, in December 2008 the EU launched the European Union Naval Force (EU NAVFOR) Somalia – Operation Atalanta within the framework of the Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP) and in accordance with relevant UN Security Council Resolutions (UNSCR) and International Law in response to the rising levels of piracy and armed robbery off the Horn of Africa and in the Western Indian Ocean. European Union Naval Force began counter-piracy operations off the coast of Somalia in December 2008, EU warships have, as well making a significant contribution in the fight against piracy, provided much-needed medical and technical assistance to a number of seafarers at sea.

 

Operation Atalanta is the European Union’s counter-piracy operation off the coast of Somalia.

EUNAVFOR on Operations Since 2012 Rear Admiral Bob Tarran, according to Admiral Bob, the Somali pirate drama is over in seconds: a helicopter swoops into view and hovers over the hijacked vessel, four hooded marines slide down ropes, the hostiles are overpowered, and the ship’s hostages released. Or at least, that is what NATO is rehearsing as it polices the world’s busiest shipping lane and its most dangerous waters, the sea around the Horn of Africa.

 


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