Last week the Somalian Government gave foreign forces approval to use action against the pirates. I am sure they realized doing anything less would make everyone question how much the government might be behind and/or supporting the actions of the pirates.
I don't think it was, but after all, the pirates were bringing lots of money into this very very poor country. I suspect they were viewed a bit like "Robin Hoods". However, theie bad luck to have hijacked the M/V Faina will most likely end their activities.
From The East African (Nairobi) Oct. 5
"The government has lost patience and now wants to fight pirates with the help of the international community," Somali president, Abdullahi Yusuf said in a radio address.
In June, UN Security Council resolution gave permission for such action to stop "piracy and armed robbery at sea," but this has at most been weak and unco-ordinated.
That could dramatically change with the formation of an international task force to combat Somali piracy. By the end of last week, Belgium, Cyprus, France, Germany, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Spain and Sweden had offered ships for the force, which was also expected to be joined by the US and Britain and possibly Russia. On its part, the Somali government says it will welcome any action by the task force against the pirates."
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I was surprised Lithuania was named as part of the international task force. I didn't know they had a navy. Must check into that.