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UN extends Somalia anti-piracy operations to a year

The operation to fight against piracy in the Indian Ocean has been extended to one year, United Nations Security Council said,

UN Security Council has unanimously adopted Resolution 2500 renewing the authorisation for Somalia anti-piracy measures to December of 2020

Somalia had requested that these measures be renewed in a letter to the Security Council on November 22.

It has also decided to renew the authorisation for such actors cooperating with Somalia to take these measures for the same purpose in Somali territory (on land), pursuant to the request of Somalia while stressing that such measures are consistent with applicable international humanitarian and human rights law.

The United States-drafted resolution has renewed for 12 months the authorisation for states and regional organisations cooperating with Somalia to enter into Somali territorial waters and use all necessary means for the purpose of repressing acts of piracy and armed robbery at sea.

On April 23, 2019, an EU Naval Force vessel seized the Yemeni fishing vessel and released the crew members.

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