EU notes Somali piracy decrease

Decrease welcome, but EU warns threat remains. 

EU Notes Decrease in Piracy Near Somali Coast

The European Union noted a decline in piracy activity off the coast of Somalia, the EU Foreign Affairs Council said in a Monday press release following a meeting in Luxembourg.

“The EU welcomes the significant decline in piracy activity in the Gulf of Aden and Western Indian Ocean and encourages the Federal Government to further increase its contribution to this success. However, networks supporting piracy are still operating and the threat of piracy remains,” the statement said.

The Council also expressed concern with regard to the reports on the recent release of a pirate leader in Somalia’s capital Mogadishu and underscored the need for the authorities to “end impunity of piracy network leaders and strengthen the rule of law.”

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