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Seychelles allows the carrying of large caliber weapons on Spanish tuna boats

(BRUSSELS2) The Seychelles government has accepted in principle the Spanish request to be able to equip Spanish tuna vessels based in Port Victoria with large caliber weapons (12,7 mm heavy machine gun). This was a long-standing Spanish request. Spanish tuna boats are, in fact, protected by private guards, who have been supervised by the Spanish army. They can only transit through the Seychelles and hold small arms or handguns in the territorial waters of the archipelago. This request was finally accepted during a meeting held between the two countries on Friday (September 9). It remains to establish the precise terms, particularly in terms of conditions and security of the transfer. The two delegations agreed to exchange, “in the coming months”, indicates the Spanish Minister of Defense in a press release, proposals for drafting a protocol setting out these conditions.

This agreement is part of a larger whole. Spain had, in fact, committed itself in September 2010, in a declaration signed during the visit of the President of Seychelles to Madrid, then during the visit of the Minister of Defense Carme Chacon to Port Victoria, to help the Seychelles authorities on security training, training of maritime search and rescue services, by establishing the Gomez Ulla Hospital a permanent telemedicine unit, enabling remote medical care.

Read also: The Spaniards will train the Seychelles coast guard

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).

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