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Chinese navy's escort missions in Somali waters fully successful: envoy

(Xinhua)

09:42, March 30, 2012

UNITED NATIONS, March 29 (Xinhua) -- The Chinese navy's escort missions in Somali waters have been "100 percent successful" since they started to dispatch escort warships to the Gulf of Aden and the Somali coastal area in January 2009, China's Deputy Permanent Representative to the UN Wang Min said here Thursday.

Wang made the remarks at the eleventh plenary meeting of the Contact Group on piracy off the coast of Somalia.

By the end of March this year, China has dispatched eleven batches of 28 warships to engage in escort missions for 4,543 vessels in 431 batches, more than half of which were foreign vessels, Wang said.

"The escort missions are 100 percent successful," he said.

"We rescued 48 vessels which were attacked and chased by pirates, and escorted eight vessels which were released after abduction," the ambassador said. "These efforts have contributed to the safety and security of Chinese and foreign vessels passing through the Somali coastal area, as well as the shipping and navigation order in the region."

China also cooperated with the European Union on many occasions in escort missions for food-delivering ships of the UN World Food Program, said Wang. Moreover, China successfully held an international escort seminar in the eastern Chinese city of Nanjing on February 23.

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