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iAfrica News Special Focus 

November 16 - 22, 2012

 

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XINHUA NEWS SERVICE REPORTS FROM THE AFRICAN CONTINENT

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Security Council: 'comprehensive
response to Somalia piracy'

'UNITED NATIONS member states encouraged to continue
co-operation with each other in fighting piracy and armed
robbery at sea off the coast of Somalia, underlining the
primary responsibility of SomaliA authorities in thIS fight'

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UNITED NATIONS (Xinhua) -- The United Nations Security Council here on Monday issued a presidential statement, calling on the international community to develop a comprehensive response to tackle the underlying causes of piracy.

"The Security Council continues to be gravely concerned by the threat that piracy and armed robbery at sea pose to international navigation, the safety of commercial maritime routes, and the security and economic development of states in the regions concerned," the statement said following an open debate of the 15-nation body on piracy.

It stressed the need for a comprehensive response by the international community to repress piracy and tackle its underlying causes for a durable eradication of piracy and armed robbery at sea and illegal activities connected therewith.

In the statement, the Security Council underlined that regional coordination of efforts is necessary to develop a comprehensive strategy to counter the threat.

It also called for international assistance as part of a comprehensive strategy to support national and regional efforts to assist the UN member states undertaking steps to combat piracy and related illegal activities.

"The Security Council reiterates its call upon states, particularly concerned states, to criminalize piracy under their domestic law and to favorably consider the prosecution of suspected, and imprisonment of convicted pirates and their facilitators and financiers ashore, consistent with applicable international law including international human rights law," said the statement.

It urged countries, international organizations and the private sector "to share evidence, information and intelligence, as appropriate, for anti-piracy law enforcement purposes.

The Council lauded that effective counter-piracy measures through increased national, bilateral and multilateral initiatives as well as regional cooperative mechanisms has led to a substantial reduction in the number of successful piracy-related attacks in different regions.

It encouraged UN member states to continue cooperation with each other in fighting piracy and armed robbery at sea off the coast of Somalia, underlining the primary responsibility of Somali authorities in the fight.

It appreciated the efforts of states in the region of the Gulf of Guinea and encouraged international partners to provide support to states and regional organizations for the enhancement of their capabilities to counter piracy and related activities.

According to International Maritime Organization (IMO) figures, there were 291 attacks against ships in the first 10 months of the year and 293 crew members are still held hostage. East Africa, West Africa and Asia-Pacific are the worst hit zones.

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