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Somalia warns of return to piracy

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“This may rekindle the issue of piracy,” President Abdiweli warned.

But the issue is complicated. After decades of internal conflict, Somalia is still struggling to negotiate the terms of its reintegration as a nation-state. Different administrations have been issuing fishing licenses, and while Puntland believes it is currently being cheated of hundreds of millions of dollars in revenues, there are deep concerns about corruption.

“There’s uncertainty between the federal government [of Somalia] and regions [like Puntland] for fishing companies regarding the validity of licenses and who to buy from,” said Alan Cole, who heads the UNODC’s anti-piracy programme in East Africa.

Puntland now has its own well-trained Maritime Police Force, funded by the UAE. But it is far too small to patrol even a portion of Somalia’s coastline – the longest on the continent.

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