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Spanish fleet asks the EU for a military deployment against pirates in the Gulf of Guinea

Updated Jan 18, 2022
In the letter, released this Tuesday by the Spanish tuna fishing organization Opagac, Europêche has alerted Borrell of the pirate threat to the safety of the vessels that fish in the fishing grounds of São Tomé, Equatorial Guinea and Gabon. The fishermen have recalled the duty of the EU to maintain the "Rule of Law in foreign waters and protect its strategic maritime interests". Opagac has indicated that in recent months there have been two failed kidnapping attempts on community fishing boats. In addition, in 2021, 11 kidnappings were recorded aboard foreign ships in West African waters, resulting in 82 crew members being held and one fatality, according to Opagac, which represents nine shipping companies. Escort work for a ship on the high seas. EFEAGRO Photo: EMAD The fishing sector acknowledges in the letter the community efforts made in recent years to prevent piracy in the Gulf of Guinea, but urges the EU to "adopt measures immediately to guarantee the security of the supply ...
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