UN Security Council reauthorizes states to fight Somali piracy for another year

08:44, November 24, 2010      

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The UN Security Council on Tuesday adopted a resolution, reauthorizing states and regional groups cooperating with the Transitional Federal Government (TFG) of Somalia to intervene for another year as needed in the fight against piracy and armed robbery at sea.

In the unanimously adopted resolution at a Security Council meeting on Somalia, the world body noted there have been "several requests from the TFG for international assistance to counter piracy off its coast."

The resolution renewed the Security Council's call upon states and regional organizations "that have the capacity to do so, to take part in the fight against piracy and armed robbery" in line with international law. This includes deploying naval vessels, arms and military aircraft.

The 15-nation Council continues to be "gravely concerned by the ongoing threat that piracy and armed robbery at sea against vessels pose to the prompt, safe and effective delivery of humanitarian aid" to Somalia -- and deplored all acts of piracy and armed conflict.

The ongoing instability in Somalia contributes to the growing problem of piracy and armed robbery at sea off the coast of Somalia, said the Council as they stressed the need for a " comprehensive response" from the international community.

"The trend of the increased levels of violence employed by the pirates as well as their expanding reach is disconcerting," UN Secretary-general Ban Ki-moon said in his latest report to the Security Council on piracy and armed robbery off Somalia's Indian Ocean coast.

In his report, Ban called for improvements in the collection of evidence and other investigative activities following arrests at sea, as well as finding long-term legal solutions to the scourge.

Decades of conflict and fractional strife continue to ravage Somalia, a country that has not had a functioning central government since 1991.

Source: Xinhua


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