Indian Ocean security challenges

Regional security force unable to conduct anti-piracy operations. 

Indian Ocean security challenges still pose a threat

Stephen Spark

SEYCHELLES: East Africa’s new regional security force lacks the maritime capability to take on pirates and other seaborne criminals, Seychelles’ foreign minister has revealed.

Jean Paul Adam, speaking exclusively to IHS Maritime, warned that continuing instability on land in Somalia may prompt the return of piracy if international naval forces depart.

“We all must be very realistic in understanding that a lot of the root problems in Somalia are still there… Without the necessary protective measures, piracy could very easily spring up again,” Adam said.

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