UN Security Council "gravely concerned" by threat of piracy, armed robbery in Somalia

August 26, 2010 11:23 am 

UNITED NATIONS, Aug. 26 — The UN Security Council on Wednesday expressed their grave concern over piracy off the coat of Somalia, and called upon the international community to address the problem of the "limited capacity" of Somali judicial and corrections systems.

"The Security Council continues to be gravely concerned by the threat that piracy and armed robbery at sea against vessels pose to the situation in Somalia and other states in the region, as well as to international navigation and the safety of commercial maritime routes," read a presidential statement issued by Vitaly Churkin, the Russian UN ambassador who holds the rotating presidency of the Council for August.

The statement was unanimously adopted during a Security Council open meeting on Somalia and piracy.

The Council reiterated that persons responsible be brought to justice and "considers in this regard that the effective prosecution of suspected pirates and their supporters may deter future pirate attacks."

"The Council therefore deems it of utmost importance to find long-term solutions to the problem of prosecuting suspected and imprisoning convicted pirates, which achieve and sustain substantive results," said the statement.

The Council welcomed the recent report of UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on possible options to further the aim of prosecution, particularly the establishment of special domestic chambers possibly with international components, a regional tribunal or international tribunal and corresponding imprisonment arrangements.

"The Security Council stressed the need for states and international organizations to continue addressing the problem of the limited capacity of the judicial and the corrections systems of Somalia and other states in the region to effectively prosecute and detain, pending trial, suspected, and imprison convicted, pirates," said the statement.

The 15-nation Council also welcomed the intention of the secretary-general to appoint a special advisor to him on legal issues related to piracy off the coast of Somalia, the statement added. (PNA/Xinhua)

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