Tanzania: EU extends mandate of Somalia Operation Atalanta

Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - The European Council on Monday announced extension of the mandate of its Naval Force operation, known as EUNAVFOR Somalia Operation Atalanta, until 31 December, 2018, and also allocated to the operation a budget of slightly over Euro 11 million.

The European Union Naval Force Somalia Operation Atalanta was launched on 8 December 2008 to contribute to the deterrence, prevention and repression of acts of piracy and armed robbery off the Somali coast. The operation is part of the European Union's comprehensive approach for a peaceful, stable and democratic Somalia and it was launched in accordance with United Nations Security Council's resolutions.

In a statement made available to PANA in Dar es Salaam, the EC said the operation also protects vessels of the World Food Programme and other vulnerable shipping, monitors fishing activities off the coast of Somalia and supports other EU missions and programmes in the region.
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28 november 2016 15:52:24

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