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Politicians want to fight piracy in West Africa

Several politicians support strengthening the piracy effort in West Africa. "If the Danish Shipowners' Association wants an increased Danish presence off the coast of West Africa, we'll support the motion," says foreign affairs rapporteur Søren Espersen (Danish People's Party, DF).

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On Tuesday, a tanker owned by Turkish Geden was hijacked by pirates off Gabon on the west coast of Africa. The attack came a day after the International Maritime Bureau (IMB) issued a report warning about piracy developments in the Gulf of Guinea and two weeks prior to the international shipowners' association plan to send a joint appeal to the EU and the UN requesting increased readiness off the coast of West Africa.

An effort that's supported by several Danish politicians. Søren Espersen, foreign affairs rapporteur of the Danish People's Party, stresses that he's not interested in an EU effort, but that he'd like to see a joint effort with other EU countries:

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