Turkish govt submits motion to deploy navy off Somalia

The Turkish government presented to parliament on Thursday a memorandum to allow Turkey to deploy its navy off the Somali coast to prevent pirates hijacking its ships, the state-run Anatolian news agency said.

Turkish govt submits motion to deploy navy off Somalia
Turkish Prime Ministry has submitted to the parliament a motion designed to authorize the government for a 1 year period to deploy Turkish troops in Gulf of Aden, territorial waters of Somali, Arab Sea and neighboring regions, Anadolu agency reported.

The Prime Ministry motion submitted to the parliament on Thursday said that the piracy and banditry off the Somali coasts became a serious international security problem recently.

"The threat against Turkish merchant ships and Turkish citizens working on board has a negative impact on our country's commercial and economic benefits," the motion said.

The motion said that Turkish government supported the international efforts aiming to fight against piracy and sea banditry within the framework of generally accepted international law rules, international agreements to which Turkey is a party and several decisions of the United Nations Security Council.

"To this end, our government believes that it would be appropriate to ask permission from the parliament for the deployment of Turkish maritime forces in Gulf of Aden, territorial waters of Somali, Arab Sea and neighboring regions in order to fulfill a series of duties together with allied forces," the motion added.

Some 15 ships with links to Turkey have been hijacked, along with more than 300 crew, of which 37 were Turkish.

Two Turkish ships hijacked last year were released by Somali pirates last month.


Agencies
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