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Extracts from the press conference by Philip Jones, Operation Commander of EU NAVFOR Somalia (Operation Atalanta), and Jean-Christophe Belliard, Special Advisor for Africa to Javier Solana
On 8 December 2008, the Council adopted the decision on the launch of the EU military operation to contribute to the deterrence, prevention and repression of acts of piracy and armed robbery off the Somali coast (EU NAVFOR Somalia/operation "Atalanta"). The Operation Commander was authorised by the Council to release the activation order with a view to executing the deployment of forces and starting the execution of the mission. The operation is thus launched on 8 December 2008.
Philip Jones, Operation Commander of EU NAVFOR Somalia (Operation Atalanta), and Jean-Christophe Belliard, Special Advisor for Africa to Javier Solana, Secretary General of the Council of the EU and High Representative for CFSP, held a joint press conference on 9 December on the launch of the operation. SHOTLIST