Somalia asks for help in setting up coast guard

Associated Press

BRUSSELS — Somalia’s government wants the international community to help it create a coast guard to fight piracy along the country’s lawless coastline.

Foreign Minister Mohamed Omaar says his government plans to create a coast guard because it is needed to re-establish the rule of law along Africa’s longest shoreline.

Omaar spoke with The Associated Press ahead of an international conference aimed at pledging donor support for the interim government’s nascent security forces and for the African Union peacekeeping contingent deployed in the volatile nation.

The United States, the European Union and other nations expect the meeting will boost the security forces’ ability to assert government authority over the country, including the pirate stronghold.

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