Piracy increases in Gulf of Guinea off West Africa

Hardeep Singh Puri

Piracy, maritime armed robbery and reports of hostage taking in the Gulf of Guinea off the coast of West Africa are increasing, according to the Security Council.

The Council stresses the need for regional coordination and leadership in developing a comprehensive strategy to address this threat.

It calls on the international community to support the efforts of the countries and organizations in the region in securing international navigation along the Gulf of Guinea.

Ambassador Hardeep Singh Puri of India is the President of the Security Council in August.

"The members of the Security Council expressed concern over the increase in piracy, maritime armed robbery and reports of hostage taking in the Gulf of Guinea and its damaging impact on security, trade and economic activities in the sub-region. The members of the Security Council noted the efforts being made by countries in the Gulf of Guinea to tackle the problem, including the launching of joint efforts to patrol these waters including efforts by Nigeria and the Republic of Benin off the coast of Benin."

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