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Somalia Asks for Help in Setting Up Coast Guard

BRUSSELS (AP) - Somalia's government wants the international
community to help it create a coast guard to fight piracy along the
country's lawless coastline.
Foreign Minister Mohamed Omaar says his government plans to
create a coast guard because it is needed to re-establish the rule
of law along Africa's longest shoreline.
Omaar spoke with The Associated Press ahead of an international
conference aimed at pledging donor support for the interim
government's nascent security forces and for the African Union
peacekeeping contingent deployed in the volatile nation.
The United States, the European Union and other nations expect
the meeting will boost the security forces' ability to assert
government authority over the country, including the pirate
stronghold.


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