Criticism of Swedish mission in Somalia

The Swedish government has decided to place armed Swedish forces at disposal of the EU's naval operation, Operation Atalanta off the coast of Somalia.

Researchers at the Nordic Africa Institute question the mission.

- Why is it relevant now? Piracy has declined significantly over the past year, says NAI researcher Redie Bereketeab.

Mats Utas is also skeptical because of pirate attacks at sea is a result of the conflict in the country and he believes it would be desirable to put resources there instead.

- Southern and central Somalia have stabilized the last six months and there are now good opportunities for external actors to do something through political cooperation with the Somali government and peace negotiations with local players, says Mats Utas.


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