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"Time for Somalia itself to target pirate kingpins "

The international community has spent billions of dollars on fighting piracy off the coast of Somalia. Successful attacks have been curbed but the kingpins are still at large. Now the country's authorities should take charge of the matter, says French piracy ambassador.

The fight against Somali pirates is far from over even though the international community has managed to reduce the number of attacks in the Gulf of Aden off the coast of Somalia significantly in recent years.

Since 2009, around USD 2 billion have been invested every year to assist the region in the fight against pirates through numerous maritime efforts such as the EU's joint fleet operation EU Naval Force (EUNAVFOR), NATO's Ocean Shield and CTF 151, a US maritime task force. There have been no successful pirate attacks off the coast of Somalia since mid-2013, says Véronique Roger-Lacan (photo), France's Special representative for the fight against maritime piracy at the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in an interview with ShippingWatch.

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