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Germany: EU mulls new powers for piracy mission

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Posted: Dec 30, 2011 7:39 AM
Germany: EU mulls new powers for piracy mission

German officials say the European Union is considering expanding the scope of its anti-piracy mission off the Horn of Africa to allow the destruction of pirates' equipment on the beaches of Somalia.

The EU's anti-piracy force patrols the seas off the coast of the country. Somalia has been mired in violence since 1991 _ plunging it into a chaos that sprouted militants and piracy.

German Foreign Ministry spokesman Andreas Peschke said Friday that the "limited destruction of piracy logistics on the beach" is under discussion but "no deployment on land." He stressed that discussions are ongoing and no decision has been made.

Defense Ministry spokesman Stefan Paris said an EU committee on Dec. 20 called for the force's commander to draw up plans for revised rules of engagement.