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Cablegate: Royg Asks for Anti-Piracy Support

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SUBJECT: ROYG ASKS FOR ANTI-PIRACY SUPPORT

1. Deputy Prime Minister for Defense and Security Affairs
Rashad al-Alimi chaired an ambassadorial level meeting on
September 10 to urge international support for the ROYG's
anti-piracy efforts. Joining al-Alimi were the Ministers of
Defense, Interior and Transport. He emphasized the
importance of establishing a joint regional piracy reporting
center in Aden and called for additional money and equipment
from donor countries to support Yemen's stressed maritime
resources. Yemeni Coast Guard Chief BG Ali Raasa asked for
more patrol ships and help to expand Coast Guard stations.
Yemen will host the next International Maritime Organization
conference in October and a November meeting to develop a
plan to deliver support to regional actors.

2. COMMENT. The meeting seemed designed to convey the
message that, its limited resources notwithstanding, the ROYG
is prepared to take the lead to coordinate the international
effort to combat piracy in the Gulf of Aden. If Yemen is to
become an effective leader, however, the ROYG will need help
to strengthen its other anti-piracy resources rather than
relying so heavily on its well-financed, but already
overburdened, Coast Guard. END COMMENT.

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