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European Union delivers vehicles and training to Somaliland Coast Guard

Somaliland_coast_guard_training_400x300Earlier this month two European Union missions, EUCAP Nestor and EU Naval Force (EU NAVFOR) Somalia Operation Atalanta worked together on two operations for the benefit of the Somaliland Coast Guard.

The first operation involved the transportation and handing over of five 4-wheel-drive vehicles to the Coast Guard of Somaliland. The vehicles were a donation from EUCAP Nestor to support the activities of the Somaliland Coast Guard and were transported by sea from the port of Djibouti to Berbera by EU Naval Force ship, RFA Lyme Bay.

Upon their arrival in Berbera, the vehicles were handed over to the Commander of the Somaliland Coast Guard, Admiral Abdi Hirse Duale, during a ceremony held on board RFA Lyme Bay on Wednesday 13 November, EU Navfor said.

The cooperation between the European Union and the Somaliland Coast Guard continued when 10 junior officers from the Somaliland Coast Guard and one prosecutor from Somaliland went on board RFA Lyme Bay to participate in a four-day ‘evidence handling for maritime crimes’ training programme, which was jointly organised and carried out by EUCAP Nestor and EU NAVFOR trainers.

The training took place between 10 and 13 November, with a focus on the “crime to court” process, aimed at discussing the chain of actions with regard to evidence handling in the different stages from incident to conviction. The training programme also covered the appropriate treatment and rights of arrested people, criminal charges and the transfer of investigation/jurisdiction from the navy/coast guard to the police.

On the legal side, the participating prosecutor from Somaliland gave a presentation on the local criminal justice system and legislation difficulties. The EUCAP Nestor team concentrated on the police and legal part of the training, with EU NAVFOR staff providing a maritime input to the process.

Speaking about the event, French police commander and EUCAP Nestor team leader, Jean-Eric Troubat, stated “The training was a success, thanks to all the participants, who were highly motivated. Despite the seas being very rough due to the heavy storm that hit the Somali coast, everybody concentrated on the training right until the end.”

The training finished on 13 November, with a ceremony attended by Admiral Abdi and Colonel Ahmed Ali Salah from the Somaliland Coast Guard. Certificates were handed over to all the training participants.

“This training was extremely useful to enhance the skills of our coast guard” said Admiral Abdi, at the ceremony. “It will help us to develop skills for dealing with crime scenes at sea, and I hope that there will be many more trainings to come. Both EU missions, EU NAVFOR and EUCAP Nestor have made big efforts to make this event a success.”

EUCAP Nestor is a civilian led European Union mission aimed at enhancing maritime capacities of countries in the Horn of Africa and the Western Indian Ocean and started its operations in July 2012


Somalia: Mapping Mogadishu's Revival

Calanka_SomaliaNairobi — A mapping exercise to register businesses and infrastructure in Mogadishu, Somalia's capital, aims to provide the government an opportunity to engage in urban planning, raise revenue to fund civic programmes and help settle land disputes, which are increasing as people return to their former homes after decades of conflict.

SOMALIA:US concern after alleged Somali rape victim arrested :TIMES

maraykankaWashington was "deeply concerned" about the arrests of the woman, as well as Mohamed Bashir Hashi, the reporter who interviewed her, and Abdulmalik Yusuf, the manager of Radio Shabelle, which aired her story.

Greeks self-inject HIV to claim benefits

HivA growing number of Greek residents have injected themselves with HIV so they can claim about $950 in monthly health benefits, according to a report commissioned by the World Health Organisation.
The report, Review of social determinants and the health divide in the WHO European Region, found about half of new HIV infections in Greece were self-inflicted, as the population continues to grapple with a deeply troubled economy.
The country's suicide rate has also skyrocketed, while health-care access has declined.
"These adverse trends in Greece pose a warning to other countries undergoing significant fiscal austerity, including Spain, Ireland and Italy," the report noted.

Somaliland Plans Accord Fourth Oil Company:BLOOMBERG

SomaliaoilSomaliland expects to sign an agreement with a fourth international energy company this week to begin exploring for oil in the semi-autonomous region, Energy Minister Hussein Abdi Dualeh said.
An accord with the Middle East-based company, which Dualeh declined to identify, has been completed, he said in a phone interview on Nov. 21 from Somaliland. The other three companies already operating in the country are London-based Genel Energy Plc, RAK Gas LLC, owned by the government of Ras al-Khaimah in the United Arab Emirates, and Oslo-based DNO International ASA.
“All talks are concluded” with the fourth company, Dualeh said. “It’s just a matter of inking the deal, which hopefully is going to be this month.”

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