German cabinet approves EU mission to fight piracy.hurriyet2008-detailbox-newslink { font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size:13px; font-weight:bold; text-decoration:none; color:#000000;}.hurriyet2008-detailbox-newslink:hover { font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size:13px; font-weight:bold; text-decoration:underline; color:#990000;}Chancellor Angela Merkel's cabinet in Germany has approved a plan to contribute one navy ship and up to 1,400 troops to an EU anti-piracy mission, AP reported an unnamed German official saying on Wednesday.

The 12-month mandate would focus on deterring and preventing pirate attacks that have proliferated in the Gulf of Aden and recently targeted cruise liners in addition to cargo vessels, AP said.
The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the approval has not been publicly announced, said the mandate allows the use of "necessary measures" to prevent acts of piracy. These measures could include allowing soldiers to pursue, detain and hand over piracy suspects, and the authorization to confiscate looted goods.
The 12-month mandate must still be approved by parliament.
A surge in attacks at sea this year in the busy Gulf of Aden and Indian Ocean off Somalia has pushed up insurance costs, brought the gangs tens of millions of dollars in ransoms, and prompted a rush of foreign warships to the area.
There have been nearly 100 attacks in Somali waters this year, despite the presence of several foreign warships. Sea gangs are holding about a dozen ships and nearly 300 crew, among them, a Saudi supertanker loaded with $100 million of crude oil.