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Australia increases efforts against pirates in Africa

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Coinciding with a visit by Kenya's Minister for Foreign Affairs Moses Wetang'ula, Australia has stepped up its commitment to combating piracy in Africa, particularly in the Gulf of Aden region. Minister for Foreign Affairs Stephen Smith says Australia has pledged $500,000 to the Joint European Commission United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime’s (UNODC) Counter Piracy Program to assist Kenyan authorities in receiving and processing apprehended piracy suspects. Australia will also provide skills and expertise, including an official to the Office of the Inspector of Transport Security and the Australian Federal Police to work with UNODC in Nairobi. This contribution is in addition to the existing Australian Defence Force resources pledged, including tasking the Navy Anzac-class frigate HMAS Toowoomba and RAAF AP-3C Orion patrol aircraft to anti-piracy operations in the region.

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