UN Security Council adopts resolution to consider specialized Somalia courts to try pirates

11:02, April 12, 2011      

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The United Nations Security Council on Monday unanimously adopted a resolution that decided to "urgently consider" the creation of specialized Somalia courts to try suspected pirates.

In a resolution drafted by Colombia, France, Italy, Russia, Spain and Ukraine, the 15-nation council said they continued to be "gravely concerned by the growing threat that piracy and armed robbery at sea against vessels pose."

The resolution said the Security Council "decides to urgently consider the establishment of specialized Somali courts to try suspected pirates both in Somalia and in the region, including an extraterritorial Somalia specialized anti-piracy court."

The recommendations were contained in a report by Jack Lang, UN special adviser on legal issues related to piracy off the coast of Somalia.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon was asked to report within two months on such "prosecution mechanisms."

The resolution also urged both state and non-state actors affected by piracy, particularly the international shipping community, to provide support.

Calling on the world body to "cooperate as appropriate on the issue hostage-taking," the council said it was critical to establish a system of governance, and police control in lawless areas where land-based activities related to piracy take place.

As a means to tackle the underlying causes of piracy, like poverty, the council stressed the importance of building up of Somalia's "potential for sustainable economic growth."

Attacks are being carried out by increasingly well-coordinated Somali gangs armed with automatic weapons and rocket-propelled grenades, maritime officials have said.

The Horn of Africa nation has been without a functioning government since 1991, and remains one of the world's most violent and lawless countries.

Source: Xinhua
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