Indonesia says IMO countries must cooperate in fighting piracy

08:26, June 07, 2011      

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The Indonesian Transport Minister Freddy Numberi on Monday said that all member countries of International Maritime Organization (IMO) must involve in the efforts combating piracy on Arab Sea, which caused a financial loss of 8 to 12 billion U.S. dollars annually.

Numberi said that coordination must be boosted among the security guards at sea.

"The sailors still feel unsafe in Arab Sea, the way to safe the sea line is all IMO member countries must safe the ships from piracy," he said at Borobudur Hotel here.

The minister said that many groups or organizations had been formed for maritime security so far.

"But, it is still lacking of coordination. They operate by themselves, despite the United Nations has issued resolutions for countries to cooperate," he said.

"We will give some inputs to the IMO to set up a joint effort. We will encourage the countries for (coordination). Joint effort is needed to combat the piracy," he said.

The Indonesian government recently paid over 4.5 million U.S. dollars ransom to free its 22 hijacked citizens from Somalian pirates and is striving to free its other 13 nationals who are still being hijacked in a Singaporean ship by the pirates.

Indonesian Defense Minister Purnomo Yusgiantoro said that ASEAN member countries are considering to deploy troops to the sea.

Source: Xinhua
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