India calls for global efforts to tackle sea piracy

09:17, June 28, 2011      

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India on Monday called for international efforts under the United Nations to tackle sea piracy, saying it may "not be easy" to help fight the menace otherwise.

"Unless there is a combined effort by the United Nations, it will not be easy to defeat this threat of piracy. Though all the major navies of the world including those of the U.S., UK, France, China and Russia are involved, without such an international effort, it will be difficult to tackle the issue," Indian Defense Minister A.K. Antony told media.

The minister said after being pressured by the international forces, Somali pirates are moving towards India.

"In the last 12 months, there have been more than a dozen attempts by the pirates mostly around the Lakshadweep area after which the Navy and the Coast guard have strengthened their presence and increased surveillance there," he said.

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