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EU strengthens anti-piracy effort in the Horn of Africa

On Monday, the EU decided to launch a mission to construct and improve maritime capacity as well as train coast guards and judges.

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EUCAP Nestor is the name of a new mission in the Horn of Africa, which the Council of the European Union on Monday decided to launch during this fall. The mission involves constructing maritime capacity in certain countries of the area as well as strengthening the maintenance of law and order through education of Somalian coast guards and judges.

“By launching this new mission in the Horn of Africa, the EU emphasizes its leading role in the fight against piracy yet again. I hope that under the member countries’ own leadership, the EUCAP Nestor will create lasting solutions to the piracy threat,” states Catherine Ashton, High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/Vice-President of the European Commission (HR/VP), in a press release.

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