Somalia: Puntland capable of securing maritime routes alone-Official

Puntland Anti-Piracy Agency Director Abdirizak Mohamed Ahmed (Ducaysane) on Thursday said, Puntland will be capable of policing maritime lanes against pirates if the mandate of NATO counter piracy task force ends, Garowe Online reports.

The Counter-piracy Directorate Boss blamed NATO warships for providing safe haven to illegal trawlers plundering Somalia’s fish stocks in the Exclusive Economic Zone.

“If foreign naval vessels leave, pirates will not return but if illegal fishing continuous then it’s clear that piracy activities will make comeback,” Ducaysane said.

He noted that foreign counter piracy missions are only tasked with combating pirates on high seas despite poignant decline in maritime crimes.

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