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EYL MAYOR AND PUNTLAND MARITIME POLICE FORCE AGREE TO BEGIN URBAN PATROLS TO PROTECT EYL RESIDENTS AND PREVENT THE RETURN OF PIRATES

March 12, 2012 – Bosaso, Puntland State of Somalia – Colonel Abdirizak Dirie Farh, Commander of the Puntland Maritime Police Force (PMPF), met with Mayor Muse Osman Yusef of Eyl. The Colonel, who was in Eyl to view progress made by the PMPF anti-piracy efforts, used his visit as an opportunity to meet with the Mayor to discuss how the PMPF can work with the community to provide security and stability.

In addition to the Mayor, attendees included Mr. Faysal Khalif Wa’ays, Deputy Mayor of Eyl District, Mahad Ahmed Mohamoud, Police Commissioner, Eyl District, and Mr. Farah Jama Hasan, the Assistant Government Coordinator for Puntland.

At a public event earlier in March, The Mayor of Eyl, Muse Osman Yusef, commented, “The people of the community of Eyl are very happy to welcome the Puntland Maritime Police Force.”

The Mayor and the Colonel agreed that the PMPF will begin urban patrolling as a way of bolstering community confidence in the government’s commitment to protecting Eyl.

Until recently, the town of Eyl was known as a notorious pirate safe haven. The town is known as the birthplace of modern day Somali piracy. The deployment of the PMPF was undertaken to secure the town in order to prevent the pirates from returning.

The Mayor and the Colonel also discussed the PMPF’s commitment to improving the socio-economic viability of the community by using only local goods and labor to support the unit’s deployment.

Lastly, the construction of a community airfield that would support both commercial and military traffic was discussed. The project, slated for later this year, would enable the PMPF to maintain logistical lines of communication while offering the community increased economic opportunities.

The Government of Puntland seeks to create a climate for normalization of trade, good governance and related reconstruction and development. Eyl was once one of the largest fishery centers in Somalia harvesting lobster, tuna and other high value products for the local and international market. Piracy and lawlessness destroyed much of this income and the community will work with the government to rebuild their maritime industry.

About the Puntland Maritime Police Force
The PMPF is a professional, locally-recruited coastal police force in the Puntland State of Somalia. The PMPF’s mission is to promote peace and stability in the region by deterring, detecting, and eradicating piracy, illegal fishing and other coastal crimes; protecting marine resources; and delivering much-needed humanitarian relief supplies to Puntland’s citizens.

The PMPF directly responds to calls from the United Nation and international community for regional Somali authorities to enhance their law enforcement and security capacities. Relevant Somali authorities have briefed and notified the United Nations about the PMPF and its activities on a number of occasions.

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