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Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Somali businessmen decide not to form an anti-piracy force

Decision reported here:
The Somalian Business Council (SBC) in Dubai has dropped its plan to deploy a ‘private armed force’ to protect UAE vessels from pirates in the Somalian territorial waters.

The decision came in the light of the latest political development in Somalia wherein the Shariah Court has taken control over the major parts of Somalian territory, including the capital Mogadishu. The Somalian Business Council in Dubai had decided three months ago to deploy a ‘private armed force’ in Somalian territorial waters following two UAE ships hijacked by pirates there.

Speaking to Khaleej Times, Sheriff Ahmed, Somalian Business Council’s Chairman in Dubai said: “We have been monitoring the developments in Somalia after the Shariah Court took power three months ago. The situation now is much better than before. The main problem makers were the pirates, and the Shariah Court has managed to send them out of the country, while all their bases are under the control of the court.”

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