Split Force

Fighting in Libya between rebels and national leader Muammar Qaddafi is diverting naval ships from anti-piracy patrols, according to the International Maritime Organization.

“One has to be pragmatic and realistic and accept and understand that ships that might be made available to support counter-piracy will be deployed to address the Libyan crisis,” Secretary-General Efthimios Mitropoulos said at a conference in London.

The competing demands on increasingly scarce naval forces is cause for real concern. When the monsoon weather improves and the pirates return to their activities there are likely to be far fewer naval vessels in the area.

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