3 Oct 2008

EU agrees on anti-piracy patrol

7:26 am on 3 October 2008

The European Union has agreed to establish an anti-piracy security operation off the coast of Somalia .

French Defence Minister Herve Morin says at least eight countries have agreed to take part.

The agreement follows the seizure by Somali pirates last week of a ship carrying 33 tanks. They are demanding a $US20 million ransom for its release.