Eyes of the Fleet

Eyes of the Fleet

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Somali Pirates: EU Counter-Piracy Mission May Expand to Cover Seychelles

After a flurry of pirate attacks in and around the Seychelles, the EU may extend anti-piracy efforts to cover the islands, as set out here:
The European Union may expand its naval anti-piracy operations to cover the Seychelles islands, 1,500 kilometres from the Somali coastline, Germany's defence minister said Monday.

The Seychelles, an archipelago of more than 100 islands, has been the scene of several recent attacks.

"We see that the pirates are extending their activities into the Indian Ocean, so the area around the Seychelles should be included in the operation," German Defence Minister Franz Josef Jung said before a meeting of the European Union's foreign and defence ministers.

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