Foreign navies help reduce piracy
Africa Focus: Foreign navies help reduce piracy in 2014: experts
NAIROBI, Dec. 24 (Xinhua) — Global efforts to combat piracy in the Horn of Africa region have helped in reducing piracy in 2014, including cooperation amongst the navies operating in the region.
Three years ago, senior naval officers said Somali pirates had created a lucrative business thriving as a result of the lawlessness inside the war-torn Horn of Africa nation, which had proved to be the greatest threat to international peace and regional trade.
The spate of hijackings along the volatile coastline had made maritime experts to consider a raft of radical measures, including a total ban on the use of the East Africa coastline, especially the Gulf of Eden, in favor of the Cape of Good Hope further southwards.
The level of weaponry sophistication amongst the pirates had maritime analysts worried about an escalation of terrorism, environmental degradation and the potential of catastrophic spills at sea as the pirates shift from using automatic weapons to explosives.
But efforts by the international community to deploy foreign naval forces off the Horn of Africa and Kenya’s cross border incursion into Southern Somalia have helped reduce pirate incidents.
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