By Goth Mohamed Goth
Somaliland government has warned the federal government of Somalia and the Atlantic Marine and Offshore Group to stay clear of involvement in Somaliland territorial waters these after the signing of a coastal protection contract by the Minister of Defense for the Federal Government of Somalia with the Atlantic Marine and Offshore Group to deliver structure, assets and services in order to develop an effective and sustainable Coast Guard in Somalia.
The director general in Somaliland ministry of fisheries and marine resources Hon Mohamed Elmi Aden in a press release warned both the federal government of Somalia and the Netherlands based company to try in any way interfere or venture into Somaliland Territorial waters.
“I strongly advise Atlantic Marine and Offshore Group to stay clear of involvement in Somaliland territorial waters and the company should stick its operation in Somalia waters anything short of that will be seen as infringing on our national boundaries and territorial sovereignty”, said the Fisheries D G.
Hon Mohamed Illkase went on to say “Somaliland has the sole jurisdiction over its territorial waters and is capable of monitoring and does not need any foreign company to do its duties,”
Somaliland Authorities is solely responsible all natural resources for collecting all charges fee from sea going vessels using its seaports.
The Director-General of fisheries and marine resources
“This is a massive political miscalculation by the federal government of Somalia and we are aware of the ill motives of federal government undermine Somaliland territorial waters but we are take any action as situation arises , lets them know Somaliland coast guards are vigilant of their waters”, Stated Hon Mohamed Illkase.
Below is the deal signed by the Federal government of Somalia and Atlantic Marine and Offshore Group?
The Minister of Defense for the Federal Government of Somalia has signed a contract with The Atlantic Marine and Offshore Group to deliver structure, assets and services in order to develop an effective and sustainable Coast Guard in Somalia.
Instituting a Coast Guard is essential for the establishment of the rule of law within Somali waters and the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ). This contract clearly contributes to the stability and economic recovery of Somalia and is supporting the Country’s Six Pillar Policy.
With its Headquarters in The Netherlands, The Atlantic Marine and Offshore Group has set out the main objectives for the new structured Somali Coast Guard:
• Monitoring and Surveillance of the Exclusive Economic Zone
• Patrolling, controlling and securing the Exclusive Economic Zone.
• Securing trade and Ports
• Protecting natural resources
• Protection of fishing grounds from illegal foreign fishing boats
• Prevention of dumping of toxic materials
• Search, Rescue and Anti-Smuggling services
The Atlantic Marine and Offshore Group has developed a series of innovative Long Range Patrol Vessels, equipped with high speed intervention vessels. The Atlantic Marine and Offshore Group will build, maintain and operate the Coast Guard Fleet in compliance with Somali Coast Guard Directorate in a safe, effective and cost efficient manner.
The Atlantic Marine and Offshore Group has developed an education and training programme for the Somali Coast Guard Directorate and will develop a Coast Guard Training Centre to train Somali Coast Guard personnel, security officers and shore based support personnel.
The Atlantic Marine and Offshore Group will aim to hand over all development, training and operations aspects within medium term to the Somali Coast Guard Directorate.
The Atlantic Marine and Offshore Group will operate, on behalf of the authority and administrative command of the Federal Republic of Somalia – Somali Coast Guard Directorate and will adhere to all applicable embargoes and restrictions set by the United Nations.
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