The Civilian Operations Commander of all EU’s Civilian Common Security Defence Policy Missions visits Somalia

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SomalilandPress —Lieutenant-General Vincenzo Coppola, former Deputy Commanding General of the Italian Carabinieri,visited Somalia in his capacity as the EU Civilian Security and Defence Policy (CSDP) Mission Operation’s Commander (CivOpsCdr) from 10-12 February.

Discussions were held with Somali authorities, international partners, EU officials and CSDP Mission’s personnel.

The CivOpsCdr met with the Somali National Security Advisor, Mr. Abdisaid Ali at the Villa Somalia’s Government compound on February 10th . The same day, the CivOpsCdr visited Mogadishu’s Port, one of

EUCAP Somalia’s main areas of engagement, mentoring the Somali Police Force Maritime Police Unit (SPF-MPU).

At the port Vincenzo Coppola visited the SPF-MPU operations room, getting an insight of the daily challenges Somali officers face in their daily work. He expressed his appreciation for the dedication of

the SPF-MPU who face security challenges on a daily basis. Among international partners, Vincenzo Coppola met with Deputy UN Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Somalia, Mr. Raisedon Zenenga, Director UNSOM Rule of Law and Security Institutions Group (ROLSIG), Mr. Marco Carmignani and the UNSOM Police Commissioner, Meinolf  Schlotmann.

During his stay in the Horn of Africa, the CivOpsCdr met with EUCAP Somalia’s national and international workforce deployed in Mogadishu, addressing Mission’s personnel in field offices via video-conference.

The meetings included the Commander of European Union Training Mission (EUTM) in Somalia and EUNAVFOR Atalanta’s liaison officer.

Francesca Marretta

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