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