UN chief calls on world to reinforce efforts to combat Somali piracy

August 26, 2010 11:23 am 

UNITED NATIONS, Aug. 26 — UN Secretary-General Ban Ki- moon on Wednesday called on the international community to do more to combat piracy in Somalia.

The secretary-general made the statement when he was addressing an open meeting of the United Nations Security Council on the Somali piracy.

"In the past seven months, there have been 139 piracy-related incidents off the coast of Somalia," he said. "Thirty ships have been hijacked. Seventeen ships and 450 seafares are being held for ransom."

"I therefore welcome the Security Council's continued engagement on this issue," he said.

"Over the past three years, the international community has made concerted efforts to combat the problem, including establishing a Contact Group and deploying significant naval assets to the region," Ban said. "Nonetheless, we can do more. In particular, we need to implement the existing legal regime, so the fight against piracy in international waters is effective."

In order to enforce the battle against piracy, the secretary- general has set out several options: increase ongoing efforts to assist regional States to prosecute and imprison those responsible for acts of piracy and armed robbery at sea; install a Somali court applying Somali law in a third State in the region; involve assisting a regional State or States to establish special chambers to conduct piracy trials; active engagement of the States of the region and the African Union to establish a regional tribunal to address the scourge of piracy; install an international tribunal with national participation by a State in the region or let the Security Council establish a full international tribunal.

"Reducing and eliminating piracy in the region means a sustained response, not only at sea, but also on land where piracy originates," he added.

"The security of international navigation requires that we continue to support peace and stability in Somalia," he added.

The United Nations currently works together with the African Union, The European Commission, INTERPOL and NATO to respond to piracy and create stability in the Horn of Africa. (PNA/Xinhua)

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