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Local EU Statement on the execution of five suspected Al Shabab members in Puntland

The European Union Delegation issues the following statement jointly with the EU Missions in


Nairobi, 12 April 2017 - The EU Delegation regrets the execution of five suspected Al Shabab

members by the Puntland authorities on Saturday 8th April 2017.

While the EU condemns in the strongest terms all acts of terror and supports the application of

robust sentences that follow due process, the EU also opposes on principle the death penalty in all

circumstances. The European Union considers the death penalty to be a cruel and inhuman

Cargo Ship MV OS-35 Freed From Pirate Control After Successful Cooperation Between Counter-Piracy Naval Forces in Gulf of Aden

EU Naval Force confirms that cargo ship, MV OS-35, that was attacked by suspected armed pirates on Saturday 8 April, is safe and en route to port after successful cooperation between international counter-piracy naval forces in the Gulf of Aden.

Naval forces became aware of the attack after MV OS-35’s master sent out a mayday alert to say that armed men had climbed on board his ship. The master and crew were able to secure themselves in a safe room, known as a citadel.

Upon hearing the alert, EU Naval Force’s Maritime Security Centre (Horn of Africa) immediately issued a navigation warning to all merchant shipping to warn them that a piracy incident had taken place.

EU Naval Force ships protect World Food Programme vessels carrying humanitarian aid to Somalia

  information regarding the EU Naval Force’s key roles:

" Our EU Naval Force ships protect World Food Programme vessels that are carrying humanitarian aid to ports in Somalia for the people of Somalia ,

EU NAVFOR Warships deter and disrupt piracy to help keep seafarers safe from pirate attacks
Importantly We monitor fishing activity of the coast of Somalia and report any sightings of vessels activity engaged in fishing to our EU partners in Brussels – they will work with authorities to assess the vessel to see if legal action/prosecution is required.  

An example of a vessel (Greko 1) being prosecuted is at the links below.  An EU NAVFOR warship provided evidence on the location and fishing activity of the vessel.




EU NAVFOR also work with EU partners to help train local Somali maritime forces to enable them to better protect their own coastline.

Please see at the links below some press releases and Tweets highlighting our role.   











Cdr Sherriff

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Commander Jacqueline Sherriff MBE Royal Navy


European Union Naval Force

Operation Atalanta

Media and Public Information Department

European Union Operation HQ

Northwood Headquarters,

Sandy Lane, Northwood

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England (UK)


Commander Jacqueline Sherriff MBE Royal Navy

EU launches re-integration projects worth €33 million in Somalia

In an event in Mogadishu on 5 April, five projects under the EU Trust Fund RE-INTEG

Programme facilitating reintegration of displaced people were launched. The €33 million

allocated to these projects will ensure access to basic services and promote viable

livelihoods for 300,000 people in displacement affected communities countrywide,

including those affected by the drought.

"This is what the projects we are launching today are all about – strengthening the voice

and capabilities of displacement-affected communities in order for them to play an active

role in the development of Somalia.” - Veronique Lorenzo, EU Ambassador

Responding to urgent reintegration needs with long-term support

The five RE-INTEG grant projects that were launched are providing long-term support to

the urgent challenge of sustainable and durable integration of returnees and IDPs in

Somalia and aims to anchor populations within the country. The projects will be

implemented by five consortia led by Norwegian Refugee Council in Jubaland, Concern

Worldwide in South West, UN Habitat in Banadir, CARE in Galmudug and Puntland and

World Vision International in Somaliland.

RE-INTEG will support reintegration through the following activities, among other things:

 Education and vocational training

 Health and nutrition

 Access to water and hygiene

 Shelter and housing

 Gender based violence prevention and child protection

 Social cohesion and cooperation with local authorities


The €50 million RE-INTEG Programme is funded by the EU Emergency Trust Fund for

Africa. This initiative is part of the Regional Development