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Finland counts on “its” Somali immigrants for the anti-piracy operation

(BRUSSELS2) Finland has launched recruitment for its forces which will deploy in the European anti-piracy operation by calling on its reservists. With a particular focus on translators. Nearly 100 people of Somali origin have served in the Finnish armed forces this year alone, note my colleagues from Finnish television Yle. And recruiters are hoping some of them will join the pohjanmaa, the ship that will leave next year for the Indian Ocean (1). THE " role of interpreters is extremely important - emphasizes Joni Lindeman of the Finnish Armed Forces -. Many disputes and problems can arise from misunderstandings due to language. An interpreter will be able to overcome language barriers and improve group safety He adds.

Also expected to participate in the mission is a special action unit (created in March 2009) made up of professionals who have received combat diver training. They will be reinforced in each team by at least two soldiers, who can exercise police powers. Finland does not exclude, indeed, if a Finnish ship is in question to be able to judge the pirates. Even if she would prefer (like most European states) that they be judged as close as possible to their country (2).

Read also:
(1) Finland specifies its participation in Operation Atalanta for 2011
(2) Piracy: an "off shore" Somali tribunal would be the best option according to the EU

(Nicolas Gros-Verheyde)

Nicolas Gros Verheyde

Chief editor of the B2 site. Graduated in European law from the University of Paris I Pantheon Sorbonne and listener to the 65th session of the IHEDN (Institut des Hautes Etudes de la Défense Nationale. Journalist since 1989, founded B2 - Bruxelles2 in 2008. EU/NATO correspondent in Brussels for Sud-Ouest (previously West-France and France-Soir).