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Seychelles' President urges world leaders to embrace comprehensive approach on Somalia

(Xinhua)

14:50, December 06, 2011

VICTORIA, Dec. 5 (Xinhua) -- Seychelles' President James Michel has written to 25 world leaders asking them to embrace a comprehensive approach which supplements anti-piracy and anti- terrorist actions with increased support in peacekeeping and peace- building.

The letter, a copy of which was acquired by Xinhua on Monday, outlined five areas of intervention as the key points in his proposal, and explained that "despite a reduction in the success rate of pirate attacks, the number of assaults remain constant, and even on the increase in the Southern Indian Ocean" region.

The leader of the Indian archipelago of some 86,000 citizens appealed for more support to the African Union troops of AMISOM operating in Somalia and the set-up of prisons while noted that the Somili pirates are now "better armed and better organize."'

The letter which was sent to the secretary-generals of the United Nations and NATO, Heads of State of the five permanent members of the Security Council and other leaders of countries in Africa, Asia, Europe and Latin America.

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