NAKURU, Kenya (AP) — Officials and experts are cautiously welcoming the news that a northern Somalia government is training an anti–piracy force but warn that many questions remain over the chain of command and legal framework.
Last week The Associated Press (News - Alert) reported that a private security company is training an anti–piracy force of up to 1,050 men in the semiautonomous Somali region of Puntland. The force is being paid for by an unnamed Muslim country.
The U.S says the identity and aims of the donor are unclear and raised concerns the training may break a U.N. arms embargo.
Alan Cole, the head of the U.N.'s anti–piracy force, called the new security force "a good thing." But he said he would like to know more, including the donor's identity.