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Vol 53 No 2

Published 20th January 2012


Maputo shuns US concern

The government appears indifferent about beefing up coastal security and introducing anti-pirate laws

The United States is making little headway in its bid to get Mozambique and other coastal states to beef up their anti-piracy laws and their military response. It also wants action on drug-smuggling, and infiltration by jihadist militants. Mozambique has a 2,470-kilometre coastline and its navy cannot operate beyond Maputo harbour. President Armando Emílio Guebuza's government relies on South Africa for help against pirates and appears indifferent to the other threats.

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