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China says military action not final solution to Somali piracy


17:01, November 18, 2011

UNITED NATIONS, Nov. 17 (Xinhua) -- A Chinese diplomat said here on Thursday that a fundamental settlement to the Somali piracy issue hinges on the country's political stability, economic development and social tranquility.

Military action can only mitigate the scourge of Somali piracy, said Wang Min, China's deputy permanent representative to the United Nations, when addressing the tenth plenary meeting of the contact group on piracy off the coast of Somalia.

He said China welcomes the progress made by the Transitional Federal Government of Somalia in implementing the Kampala Accord, and hopes that the relevant parties in Somalia will strengthen coordination and cooperation, resolve their disputes through dialogue and negotiations, and implement the "roadmap ending the transition" without delay.

"We call on the international community to remain focused on the situation in Somalia, continue to adopt a holistic and multifaceted strategy to provide support to the country, tackle both the symptoms and root causes of the problem, and follow through on its commitments to provide assistance to Somalia," the Chinese diplomat said.

He said the Chinese Navy started to dispatch escort warships to the Gulf of Aden and the Somali waters since January 2009. By the end of October this year, China has dispatched ten batches of 26 warships to engage in escort missions for 4,228 vessels in 383 batches.

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