MOGADISHU (AFP) - Somali pirates were undeterred Saturday as a new European Union naval forces readied to launch an operation aimed at curbing relentless attacks that have rattled world maritime trade.
The EU's anti-piracy drive, dubbed Atalanta, was to formally kick off on Monday, increasing the military presence in the Gulf of Aden, which has in recent months become the world's most dangerous stretch of water.
The Gulf of Aden commands access to the Red Sea and the Suez Canal, a key trade route between Asia and Europe, and Atalanta will attempt to reassure shipping companies. more..http://nz.news.yahoo.com/a/-/world/5195801/defiant-somali-pirates-await-eu-navy-force/
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Doubts and Indifference Dog EU Anti-Piracy Mission in Somalia http://www.dw-world.de/dw/article/0,,3854523,00.html
Six ships and three surveillance planes from at least eight EU countries, including the UK, France and Germany, will escort aid and merchant ships. The area, including one of the world's busiest shipping lanes, the Gulf of Aden, has seen almost 100 pirate attacks this year.
It is the first naval operation in the bloc's history. It will take over from the existing Nato mission and last at least a year. Military force more.http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/africa/7770490.stm