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South Africa Vessel Patrols Mozambique’s Coast for Pirates

June 01, 2011

(Updates with comment from foreign minister in second paragraph.)

June 1 (Bloomberg) -- South Africa said it has deployed a navy ship to patrol the waters off Mozambique to protect trade vessels from pirate attacks, which pose an increasing threat to merchants in the area.

South Africa and its northeastern neighbor Mozambique are negotiating a deal aimed at “curbing piracy and other illegal activities within the territorial waters of Mozambique before these activities spill over down to the territorial waters of South Africa,” Foreign Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane said in a written reply to a parliamentary question, sent to Bloomberg News by e-mail today.

South Africa, the continent’s richest country, will also try to help Somalia, from where the sea-robbers are widening their operating area, Nkoana-Mashabane said. The Horn of Africa country, where many pirates are based, is battling al-Shabaab insurgents, which the U.S. accuses of having links to al-Qaeda.

--Editors: Andrew Atkinson, Eddie Buckle

To contact the reporter on this story: Franz Wild in Johannesburg at fwild@bloomberg.net.

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Andrew J. Barden at barden@bloomberg.net.


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