Press release

Transit of Suspected Pirates Agreement signed

December 6, 2013

Government of Seychelles and the European Union Naval Force signed  a “Technical Agreement for the Transit of Suspected Pirates through the territory of Seychelles” at the Residence of the British High Commission. The Signatories were, Minister for Home Affairs and Transport, Joel Morgan and Rear Admiral Robert Tarrant, EU NAVFOR Operational Commander

This latest Memorandum of Understanding puts in place the structure and technical modalities for transit of suspected pirates; those captured and detained by EU NAVFOR under the ATALANTA operation, through the territory of Seychelles to a third party for prosecution and trial.

The signing comes at an opportune time when other regional partners, namely Mauritius, are taking a more proactive role in fighting piracy and accepting and prosecuting suspected pirates.

This was reiterated by Minister Morgan who noted, “this is in line with our policy of burden-sharing which means that Seychelles should not be left alone in this fight and that it will continuously mobilise and encourage other regional partners to join in eradicating the piracy in the region.”

Rear Admiral Tarrant stated, “Seychelles is a key regional partner for the EU and plays a pivotal role in the fighting the scourge of piracy. This MoU will alleviate strains facing Seychelles.”