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Somalia: EU decides to extend its anti-piracy operation

On Monday the heads of diplomacy of the 27 member countries of the European Union endorsed the decision to extend by two years until December 2014, the anti-piracy operation Atalanta EUNAVFOR in the Gulf of Aden, said a spokesman for the European Commission on Monday.

“The operation has been extended until December 2014,” said the spokesman.

Six to seven ships currently performing patrol off Somalia. Spain, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands and Belgium are the most active participants in Operation Atalanta, which aims to secure the area infested with pirates.

In recent years, Somali pirates are the main threat to international shipping in the Indian Ocean. Somalia, torn between different factions hostile since the fall of dictator Mohamed Siad Barre in 1991, can not repress itself piracy off its coast.

The fight against this scourge has been conducted since December 2008, as part of the EU naval operation Atalanta called, reinforced in August 2009 by the NATO operation, Ocean Shield. These operations – which are to patrol the Gulf of Aden and to escort cargo ships off the Somali coast – gather warships from different countries. Russia has also frigates there.

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