EU extends Atalanta mandate
The EU is extending its anti-piracy mission ‘EUNAVFOR Atalanta’ in the Indian Ocean until December 2014. The mission is run by several EU member states and its main goal is to protect shipping off the Horn of Africa, above all vessels supplying humanitarian aid for Somalia in the framework of the World Food Programme. Atalanta’s mandate was scheduled to expire in December 2012, after a first extension in 2010. “The EU’s counter-piracy operation is conducted within the comprehensive approach as set out in the EU strategic framework for the Horn of Africa and as part of the overall international effort for Somalia,” a statement of today’s Foreign Affairs Council noted.
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