In the third of the MSR Viewpoint series, The House of Lords and Counter Piracy: More of the same?, maritime security expert Steve Townsley examines and questions the recent UK Parliamentary report that gives the European Union Naval Force high marks for its counter-piracy operations off the Horn of Africa.
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The House of Lords and Counter Piracy: More of the same?
By Steve Townsley
A recent UK Parliamentary report gives the European Union Naval Force high marks for its counter-piracy operations off the Horn of Africa. However, the ‘reduction’ of piracy will also be due to the success of private security for commercial ships, and will not be truly realised until there is stability in Somalia.
Since November 2008 the European Union Naval Force (EUNAVFOR) has been conducting counter-piracy operations off the Horn of Africa.
The past six months have seen a significant decline in Somali piracy, and it was against this backdrop that the House of Lords European Union Committee released on 21 August their review of EUNAVFOR’s activities in its report: Turning the Tide on Piracy, Building Somalia’s Future: Follow-up Report on EU’s Operation Atalanta and Beyond.
The report outlined several conclusions and recommendations. In particular, how the containment of piracy must…….[access full article]