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NATO Begins Anti-Piracy Mission as Experts Question Plausability | Europe | Deutsche Welle | 27.10.2008
The EU on Monday, Oct. 27 welcomed a ceasefire deal in Somalia as NATO successfully completed its first anti-piracy mission off the Somali coast. But experts questioned the current international efforts to combat piracy.

EU foreign policy chief Javier Solana and NATO Secretary General Jaap de Hoop Scheffer stressed the importance of cooperation between the two Brussels-based institutions during a regular meeting of ambassadors at the alliance's headquarters.

One area in which the two organizations are working together is in the fight against pirates operating in the Gulf of Aden.

While the EU's own operations are to begin shortly, de Hoop Scheffer announced that NATO had just completed its first anti-piracy mission by escorting a cargo ship delivering supplies to the African Union Mission to Somalia.

An Italian destroyer as well as British and Greek frigates arrived in the Gulf of Aden last week as the front guard of NATO's anti-piracy Operation Allied Provider.

by Fran (fran at eurotrib dot com) on Mon Oct 27th, 2008 at 03:44:15 PM EST
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DAILY NATION - Threat to weapons in hijacked ship drama

Weapons in the Ukrainian ship hijacked in Somalia waters risk being dumped at sea after the ship owners offered to pay ransom for the vessel and its crew.

The owners, Tomex Team, reportedly told the pirates that they were free to do whatever they wanted with the tanks and other weapons worth Sh2.6 billion ($35 million).

According to reports, the message said the pirates were at "liberty to destroy or throw the weapons into the sea" if they deemed it fit.

The fact is that what we're experiencing right now is a top-down disaster. -Paul Krugman
by dvx (dvx.clt št gmail dotcom) on Tue Oct 28th, 2008 at 04:02:42 AM EST
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