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The EU takes on the Pirates of Puntland

RUSI Newsbrief, 18 November 2008
International Institutions, Maritime Forces
The EU is to launch a naval operation to counter piracy off the coast of Somalia. Challenges for Operation Atalanta abound, from the very basic – it is often difficult to distinguish pirates from fishermen, to the very complex – the EU is not a recognised entity under the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea and thus the operation will need to comply with the domestic anti-piracy laws of all participating states.

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