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NATO's Anti-Piracy Mission Scheduled for March

by Mary Swire, Tax-News.com, Hong Kong

24 February 2009


The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) has revealed that it has scheduled a mission to the coast of Somalia next month to tackle the piracy in the area.

According to officials at NATO, an anti-piracy flotilla consisting of around six naval ships will be dispatched to the coast of Somalia where it will join forces with Operation Atlanta, an EU task force already working to combat the area's notorious piracy problem.

Confirming the move, James Appathurai, a spokesman for NATO remarked:

"You can expect to see another NATO naval operation off the coast of Somalia in the spring."

More than 130 merchant ships came under the fire of pirates working in the Gulf area last year alone, with naval patrols capturing and arresting around 150 of the pirates responsible.

The first anti-piracy mission led by NATO was launched in October 2008, a move which prompted the EU to begin further patrols of the area in December.

It is believed that the EU will continue to patrol the waters until the end of 2009.


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