Istanbul to host UN conference on Somalia, piracy

20:51, May 11, 2010      

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The United Nations Istanbul Conference on Somalia will be held on May 21-23 to address the threats toward security and stability of the country, the Turkish government announced on Tuesday.

A press release from the Directorate General of Press and Information under the office of the Turkish Prime Minister said that the meeting will focus on the threats toward security and stability of Somalia and the possibilities of coping with those threats especially in scope of development and restructuring.

According to UN News Service, the conference, co-hosted by the UN and the Turkish government, is intended to advance Somalia's peace process which aims to foster political stability, security and reconstruction in the conflict-ravaged Horn of Africa country.

It will also explore measures to strengthen efforts to combat rampant sea piracy off the Somali coast.

On April 27, the UN Security Council put forward the possibility of establishing international tribunals to try pirates, as its members called for tougher legislation aimed at prosecuting and jailing suspects caught off the coast of Somalia.

In a resolution unanimously adopted, the 15-member body appealed to all states "to criminalize piracy under their domestic law and favorably consider the prosecution of suspected, and imprisonment of convicted, pirates apprehended off the coast of Somalia, consistent with applicable international human rights law. "

Source:Xinhua

(Editor:梁军)

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