Germany: EU mulls new powers for piracy mission
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Last Updated: Friday, December 30, 2011, 22:03
Berlin: German officials say the European Union is considering expanding the scope of its anti-piracy mission off the Horn of Africa to allow the destruction of pirates' equipment on the beaches of Somalia.

The EU's anti-piracy force patrols the seas off the coast of the country. Somalia has been mired in violence since 1991, plunging it into a chaos that sprouted militants and piracy.

German Foreign Ministry spokesman Andreas Peschke said today that the "limited destruction of piracy logistics on the beach" is under discussion but "no deployment on land." He stressed that discussions are ongoing and no decision has been made.

Defence Ministry spokesman Stefan Paris said an EU committee on December 20 called for the force's commander to draw up plans for revised rules of engagement.


First Published: Friday, December 30, 2011, 22:03

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