EU skeptical over Libyan plan to stop migrant flow

EU officials say they doubt whether Libya has a workable plan to prevent migrants leaving its Mediterranean coast for Europe’s shores. Tripoli has requested the EU provide new equipment and boats for its coast guard.

European Union diplomats told the Reuters news agency on Thursday that Libya lacked a clear plan on how to stop the expected and increased migrant flow across the Mediterranean Sea this summer.

Reuters cited a confidential EU assessment that was prepared for EU defense ministers, who met for a second day on Thursday in Malta on security and defense cooperation, with Libya top of the agenda.

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Yemen calls for UN oversight of Hodeida port

International supervision of port to ensure Al Houthis are not smuggling weapons is preferred option, says Bin Dagher

Geneva: The Yemeni government has proposed to the United Nations that it monitors the rebel-held port of Hodeida to ensure that no arms are smuggled through it, the prime minister said on Wednesday.

A Saudi-led military coalition backing the internationally-recognised government in its war against Iran-backed Al Houthi rebels has been preparing to liberate Hodeida.

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Yemen army liberates areas of Red Sea port city Midi

Operation Golden Arrow aims to secure the strategic Bab Al Mandab Strait and cut arms supply routes to the rebels

Dubai: The Yemeni army, backed by the Saudi-led Arab coalition has liberated northern and eastern neighbourhoods of the Red Sea port city of Midi, according to the state news agency Saba.

The army, fighting Iran-backed Al Houthi rebels, gained control over the strategic Tabbat Al Kamahiya area and nearby positions in Midi in the past 24 hours.

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Source: http://gulfnews.com/

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Indian Coast Guard lauded for anti-piracy operations

The Indian Coast Guard has been praised at a regional conference on maritime safety here for making Indian waters safe and free of piracy.

There has been a remarkable decrease in piracy and armed robbery in Indian waters, said Lee Yin Mui, assistant director for research at the Regional Cooperation Agreement on Combating Piracy and Armed Robbery against Ships in Asia (ReCAAP).

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Source: http://www.dnaindia.com/

China to continue escort mission against pirate threats

The Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Navy will continue escort missions, a long-term task, Yang Yujun, spokesperson of the Ministry of National Defense (MOD) said at a press briefing Thursday.

China will continue to play its role in maintaining regional stability and safeguarding vital marine routes, Yang said when responding to reporters’ questions on the resurgence of piracy in the Gulf of Aden and waters off Somalia this year.

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Source: http://www.globaltimes.cn/

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Commentary: How to catch a pirate in Southeast Asia

Despite underlying sovereignty concerns and resource challenges, regional cooperation has a track record of stemming this threat, says an expert.

Koh Swee Lean Collin

SINGAPORE: Being situated at the confluence of the Indian and Pacific Oceans is both a boon and bane for Southeast Asia. On the one hand, this location brings forth trade and commerce shuttling between these two oceans, thereby generating considerable revenues for regional countries such as Singapore.

On the other hand, the busy sea traffic plying through regional waters presents a challenge of its own where it comes to effective surveillance and enforcement against elements which undermine good order at sea, for example pirates and sea robbers.

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Trilateral patrols set to begin

By Elton Gomes

KOTA KINABALU: Joint air and sea patrols involving Malaysia, Indonesia and the Philippines to combat trans-border crimes and militant activities, will become a reality following a trilateral agreement between the three countries.

The trilateral cooperative arrangement will be launched by the three countries’ defence ministers in Bangao, Southern Philippines next month.

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Source: http://www.theborneopost.com/

Foreigners and Abu Leaders gunned down in Lanao encounter

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A clash between government forces and members of the terrorist group Abu Sayyaf in Lanao del Sur resulted in the death of at least 37 militants, including two Abu Sayyaf leaders and four foreigners.

According to Armed Forces of the Philippines Chief of Staff Gen. Eduardo Año, three Indonesians and a Malaysian were believed to have been members of the Jemaah Islamiyah. The identities of the foreigners are yet to be identified and confirmed.

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Source: http://www.canadianinquirer.net/

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Nigeria Seizes Foreign Vessel for Alleged Theft of Shell Crude

by Tony Tamuno

Nigeria detained a vessel with crew members from countries including Pakistan, Indonesia and Ukraine for alleged theft of crude from a facility owned by Royal Dutch Shell Plc, the navy said.

The tanker, MT TECNE, was apprehended before dawn on April 25 while loading crude from the Afremo platform operated by Shell’s Nigerian unit, Ibrahim Dewu, a navy spokesman, said Wednesday by phone from the southern city of Warri. “They had siphoned about 2,000 metric tons of crude oil from the loading jacket before their arrest,” he said.

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Hishammuddin: Malaysia to sign tripartite sea patrol next month

BY JULIA CHAN

The much anticipated signing for a joint patrol of the Sulu and Sulawesi seas involving Malaysia, Indonesia and the Philippines has been rescheduled to May, Defence Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein said today.

He said the treaty signing will be held in Bongao, the southern Philippines but the exact date has yet to be fixed.

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Source: http://www.themalaymailonline.com/