Countries urged to step up military efforts to battle Somali piracy

08:04, November 11, 2010      

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Military pressure against Somali piracy should be increased against a backdrop of "quite worrisome" activities of Somali pirates, who were trained by terrorists, Moon Hayong, the South Korean ambassador for the International Counter Terrorism Cooperation for the Overseas Koreans and Consular Affairs said here Wednesday.

Moon, speaking at a news conference here, called on countries to send all military means available.

"The standing activities of Somali pirates is quite worrisome," Moon said.

The UN Contact group on Piracy off the Coast of Somalia is currently under the chairmanship of the Republic of Korea (ROK).

According to Moon, there is a connection between pirates and terrorist groups in Somalia.

"Pirates and terrorist groups are giving GPS information about the pirates, and terrorist groups are training the pirates," Hoon said.

As of Nov. 4 of this year, more than 438 seafarers and passengers and 20 ships were held by pirates, which is an increase of almost a hundred kidnapped victims in less than a month, according to the International Maritime Organization.

According to a statement earlier released by the Contact Group on Piracy off the Coast of Somalia, piracy off the Somali waters poses a serious threat to international navigation.

"The root causes of piracy should be properly addressed," the statement said, adding that "there is a strong need for well- coordinated efforts in the field of regional capacity-building by all international players involved in close cooperation with the Transitional Federal Government of Somalia and regional authorities."

Source: Xinhua


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