Dutch navy to head for Somalia
Deployment of the naval frigate, Evertsen, to the waters off the coast of Somalia, will protect ships from pirates.3 April 2008
THE HAGUE - The Dutch Parliament has approved the deployment of the Dutch naval frigate Evertsen to the waters off the coast of Somalia.
The vessel, which will remain in the region for three months, will protect ships carrying United Nations food supplies. The ships are often plundered by pirates.
As a result of the fighting in Somalia, two million people in Somalia are dependent on food aid.
The frigate will also pick up Somalian refugees attempting to flee the country by sea.
Foreign minister Maxime Verhagen announced that the refugees would not be eligible to apply for asylum in the Netherlands.
[Radio Netherlands / Expatica]