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Friday, 10 December 2010

Croatia Continues Helping In Fight Against Somalian Pirates

Members of Croatia's Military.



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Croatian Times

The Croatian Parliament has approved the government’s decision to extend the participation of Croatian armed forces in the European Union "EU NAVFOR Somalia-Atlanta" peace mission.

Croatian Minister of Defense Branko Vukelic has said that the participation in the mission affirms the country’s strategic goal – EU membership – as well as making a contribution to the fight against pirates in Somalian waters and ensuring uninhibited sailing.

Croatian Dubrovnik-based captain Jurica Brajcic managed to evade Somali pirates from seizing the Oceania Nautica in 2008.

The crew of the Sirius Star were from Britain, Poland, Croatia, Saudi Arabia and the Philippines. The ship was seized by Somali pirates in 2008.

The mandate of the operation includes the protection of the ships under the world food program flag, protection of merchant vessels and undertaking necessary steps – including the use of force – to deter, prevent and intervene in cases of piracy and armed robberies.

French forces from the French navy vessel "Jean de Vienne", capture 19 Somali pirates in the Gulf of Aden in this January 4, 2009 photo released by the French Navy. The French navy vessel was on patrol off the Somali coast as part of a European Union anti-piracy force when it came to the rescue of a Croatian cargo vessel and a Panamanian ship crossing the Gulf of Aden.

21st century pirates.

Somalian Pirate being taken into custody.

Croatia is currently contributing two officials to the mission. On June 14, the EU Council decided to prolong the mission for another two years. Up to five Crotians will participate in 2011 and 2012, the daily Vecernji List writes.

Some footage of other missions helping stop Somalian pirates.

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