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Somalia: EU. Supports Somaliland Coast Guard efforts to enhance its maritime capability


PRESS RELEASE 18/2015

27 April 2015

European Union Supports Somaliland Coast Guard Efforts to Enhance its

Maritime Capability

On Saturday 25 April the EU Naval Force flagship, HNLMS Johan de Witt, hosted a discussion

forum with representatives from the Somaliland Authorities, including Ministers, the Head of

the Coast Guard, Attorney General and the Governor and Mayor of Berbera. Also in attendance

were a number of international partners and Non-Governmental Organisations. The forum

focused on the strategic vision for the future of the Somaliland Coast Guard in relation to

security and development in the coastal regions.

Chaired by EUCAP Nestor’s Deputy Head of Mission, Simonetta Silvestri, and the EU Naval Force

Commander, Rear Admiral Jonas Haggren of the Swedish Navy, the forum started with a short

seminar lead by EUCAP Nestor’s Senior Maritime Advisor aimed at outlining critical

requirements for the future needs of the Coast Guard.

Following the forum, a higher level meeting was convened, with participation from several

Somaliland Ministers, the Head of the Somaliland Coast Guard, and the Attorney General.

At the meeting it was widely recognised by all attendees that the enhancement of the

Somaliland Coast Guard’s capabilities were fundamental to ensure stronger maritime security

and economic development. Speaking at the meeting, one of the Somaliland officials stated

“Somaliland is an oasis of peace surrounded by threats and it is committed to peace and

security” During the meeting it was also stressed that with an 860 km coast-line and a State

budget of $251 million USD, 47%of which is spent on security, support from the international

community was vital if the Coast Guard was to continue to develop its capabilities.

EUCAP Nestor Deputy Head of Mission added: “You need to have a vision as this is your Country

and you are in the driving seat. You need to tell us in which area we can help you better”.

Underlying the importance of co-operation and co-ordination in the fight against crime in the

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European Union Supports Somaliland Coast Guard Efforts to Enhance its Maritime Capability

region, Ms Silvestri added that it was important for security and law enforcement agencies to

work together in order to achieve results.

In his response, the Attorney General of Somaliland announced that a Coast Guard draft law

would be submitted to Parliament for approval in the near future. He also thanked EUCAP

Nestor for their support and cooperation.

Closing the meeting, the EU Force Commander, Rear Admiral Haggren, confirmed that having a

legal structure in place would better enable the international community to support capacity

building for the Somaliland Coast Guard far more effectively.

While the KLE was taking place, a delegation of young officers from Berbera’s Coast Guard were

invited on board HNLMS Johan de Witt to meet with the crew members. During the visit both

nationalities shared their experiences. The Coast Guard officers were impressed with the size of

the ship and also learned that when it comes to seamanship, maritime forces, regardless of

nationality or size, face the same challenges, whether it be the weather or the need for regular

training and maintenance of equipment.

In line with the EU comprehensive approach these training activities were facilitated by EUCAP

Nestor’s Field Office Hargeisa which conducts the Mission’s activities in Somaliland.

Background

EUCAP Nestor is a civilian EU mission, under the auspices of the Common Security and Defence

Policy, which assists host countries in the Horn of Africa and Western Indian Ocean region in

strengthening their capacity to ensure maritime security and in particular to fight piracy.

ENDS

Somali government condemns xenophobic attacks in South Africa

 

The Government of the Federal Republic of Somalia condemns the vicious attacks being perpetuated against its citizens and the looting of their property and businesses. Somalia and its people are shocked to witness such treatment being meted against their citizens when they have been a staunch supporter of their South African brothers and sisters in their long but successful struggle against Apartheid. History is a testament to the great strides the Somali people and government have gone to ensure the liberation of their brothers and sisters in Southern Africa. Neither effort nor resource was spared in ensuring our South African brothers and sister’s dignity was upheld. The late President of the Republic of Somalia Mr. Siad Barre said once:

‘’Our enjoyment of independence and freedom is meaningless and futile when our brothers in that part of Africa are oppressed and denied their inalienable rights to self-determination. We, the African States should redouble our efforts to awaken the world to the dangerous situation in Southern Africa. We shall morally and Materially, support the Liberation Movements of Africa until the last of Africa is liberated from the usurpers of Africa’s wealth, dignity and pride’’

Therefore this xenophobic behavior and barbarity shown by these thugs which has been reoccurring in these past years are unacceptable. We welcome the immediate intervention and condemnation of these heinous attacks by the President of South Africa Jacob Zuma who in parliament this week made very clear that his government will not tolerate such attacks against innocent hard working people residing in South Africa. We wholeheartedly agree with the President in that nothing could justify such attacks.

We therefore call on the brotherly government of the republic of South Africa to swiftly take appropriate actions to put a stop to these attacks against our citizens and bring to justice those who have committed these offences.

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Somali Journalist Shot By Gunmen in Mogadishu



New York — The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the shooting attack on a Somali photographer in Mogadishu and calls on authorities to thoroughly investigate the case and ensure the perpetrators are brought to justice.Farhan Suleiman Dahir works for the state-run Radio Mogadishu, whose journalists have been targeted several times in recent years.

"Journalists like Farhan Suleiman Dahir are consistently targeted in Somalia with little follow-up by authorities," said CPJ East Africa Representative Tom Rhodes. "We call on the Somali government to do its utmost to investigate and ensure the attackers are brought to justice or there is no hope that the cycle of impunity will be broken."

EU Heads of Mission condemn terrorist attack on the Ministry of Education and Culture


Nairobi, 15/04/2015
The attack yesterday by Al Shabab on the Ministry of Education and Culture in Mogadishu demonstrated their continued brutality and their determination to undermine the development of the country and the future hopes of the Somali people.  The EU Heads of Mission express their deepest condolences to the families of the victims, and pay tribute to the efforts of AMISOM and the Somali security forces in responding swiftly to the attack at the cost of a number of their lives.