[dehai-news] (APA) Regional defence force to include piracy and Somali crisis in its mandate


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From: Biniam Tekle (biniamt@dehai.org)
Date: Mon Nov 24 2008 - 14:18:58 EST


2008-11-24
Regional defence force to include piracy and Somali crisis in its mandate

APA-Nairobi (Kenya) Kenya's Foreign Affairs minister, Moses Wetangula on
Monday said that the East African Standby Brigade (EASBRIG), a rapid
response force that will deal with conflicts and disasters in the region
will soon include tackling piracy and the current Somali crisis in its main
mandate.

Speaking in Nairobi where the planning department for EASBRIG is located,
Wetangula said that recent increased cases of piracy in the Somali waters
has posed new security challenges in the region and that EASBRIG when ready
will be deployed in the Somali waters to stem the vice.

EASBRIG has its headquarters in Ethiopia's capital, Addis Ababa, as well as
a planning department in Kenya.

"Battling piracy and also handling the insecurity problem in Somalia will
soon be institutionalized in the operational framework of the brigade," he
said.

It is expected that the troops will be available in the next three years to
handle any crisis, from terrorist attacks to natural disasters on the
African continent.

He said that the region should not rely on international forces from
organizations such as the United Nations and European Union to handle crisis
in thee region.

A number of countries have already signed up to participate in the new
force. They are Kenya, Uganda, Sudan, Rwanda, Mauritius, Madagascar,
Eritrea, Ethiopia, Djibouti, Seychelles, Somalia and Tanzania.

JK/daj/APA
2008-11-24

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