The European Union’s Maritime Capacity Building Mission in the Horn of Africa and Western Indian Ocean (EUCAP Nestor) will set up a base in Puntland. The move comes after between Puntland President, Abdiweli Mohamed Ali, and the EU Civilian Operations Commander for all Civilian Common Security Defense Policy Missions, Mr. Kenneth Dean in Garowe on Wednesday (January 27) .
EUCAP Nestor is a civilian EU mission, under the auspices of the Common Security and Defense Policy, assisting countries in the Horn of Africa and Western Indian Ocean region in strengthening their capacity for maritime security and fighting piracy.
Permanent deployment of EUCAP in Puntland marks a shift of its activities in Somalia and the major aim will be to train Puntland forces to fight against piracy and terrorism. It will also strengthen the existing legal and law enforcement frameworks related to anti-piracy and maritime security capacity. According to a press statement, both sides also discussed ways of strengthening relations between Puntland and European Union in areas of security, education, health and other fields.