Somalia to set up coastguard

Somalia will set up a new coastguard force to combat piracy as well as to strengthen its control over its territorial waters and natural resources.

Somalia to set up coastguard to protect resouces: presidency

Somalia will set up a new coastguard force to combat piracy as well as to strengthen its control over its territorial waters and natural resources, the presidency said Wednesday.

A deal signed Tuesday between Somalia’s defence ministry and a private company, The Atlantic Marine and Offshore Group, aims to create a coastguard from scratch for the war-torn nation, whose pirate-infested coastline is one of the longest on mainland Africa.

“Instituting a coastguard is essential for the establishment of the rule of law within Somali waters,” said presidential spokesman Abdirahman Omar Osman, adding that the Netherlands-based company would provide “structure, assets and services” to develop the force.

However, no details were given as to the potential size and capability of the proposed force, nor any financial details of the deal.

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Source: AFP.

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