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Extraordinary article from the former editor of the Somalia Piracy Report on his visit to the Somali region of Puntland, admittedly a couple of years ago, which was at the time assembling its anti-piracy taskforce – the Puntland Maritime Police Force, under the auspices of a group of former South African commandos and funded by the UAE. However, Puntland’s efforts to eradicate piracy appear to have had a far bigger enemy than the pirates  in the shape of the UN’s own weapons embargo on the country – a fascinating tale illustrating the power of red tape.

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