Regardless of the fact that pirate activity off the coasts of Somalia and in the Indian Ocean has been close to non-existent for a long time now, shipowners and security companies have maintained a certain degree of concern that the pirates' criminal activities could be rekindled. But according to general Jean Francois Hogard, commander of the French naval forces in the southern part of the Indian Ocean for the past three years, pirates in the waters off Somalia no longer pose a threat to commercial ships.
In relation to his recent resignation he nevertheless warned the president of the Seychelles that the causes of piracy have not yet been eradicated, and he emphasized that the matter still requires a great deal of attention. Ships from the French naval force have made 34 calls in the Seychelles in the past three years as part of the anti-piracy efforts, and the naval force has trained 600 people from the Seychelles Peoples Defence Force.
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