EU combined fleet will patrol the Somali waters to combat piracy
BEIJING, Dec. 8 (Xinhua) British Broadcasting Corporation reported on the 8th, the European Union warships and aircraft will be carried out in Somalia’s coastal waters against piracy patrols and escort work.
EU foreign ministers on Monday (December 8) will be meeting in Brussels, Belgium, will be through the action rules.
This is the first ever implementation of the EU’s joint coastal defense mission, Supreme Commander will be Major General Jones from the British Air Force.
EU force will take over from the NATO currently is responsible for the same task, and at least one year.
under the joint action from Britain, France and Germany, at least eight European Union countries, six warships and three reconnaissance aircraft, will patrol the Somali waters, and for the merchant and the delivery of relief supplies escort vessels.
However, although EU foreign ministers will authorize the use of force patrol team, but according to Agence France-Presse quoted the German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said that once the forces have arrested the suspected pirates, whether sent to the ability initiating criminal prosecution of the third, the EU is still reviewing the relevant provisions.
Somalia is located in the Suez Canal on this important shipping route, but the area is rampant piracy this year alone in the indigenes Bay took place nearly 100 pirate attacks.
currently contains 200 million barrels of crude oil over $ 100 million worth of oil tankers, “Sirius” is still held hostage by pirates. Ship and its crew from captivity since mid-November, is the largest ever by pirates Lujie tanker.
Ukrainian-owned ship “MV Fenner” was also one of the hijacked vessel. The ship was carrying 33 tanks, and rocket launchers and other kinds of arms. Since September 24 it was hijacked today.
United States, India, Malaysia and Russia also sent vessels to patrol the Somali coast.
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