Piracy threatens West Africa's economy

 

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon addresses a meeting of the Security Council on the growing threat posed by piracy in the Gulf of Guinea on the West African coast.

A mission of United Nations experts is going to West Africa in the coming days to examine the scope of the threat posed by piracy in the region.

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told delegates during Wednesday's Security Council meeting on piracy in the Gulf of Guinea.

Mr. Ban said that piracy continues to grow in the region with more cases of armed robbery aboard vessels being reported along the West African coast.

He said these acts of piracy are threatening the economic development and security of Benin and West Africa in general, which is why he is sending a mission to the region.

"The forthcoming UN assessment mission will examine the scope of the threat, as well as the capacity of Benin and of the West African sub-region as a whole to ensure maritime safety and security in the Gulf of Guinea.  It will also make recommendations on anti-piracy, including in the broader context of organized crime and drug trafficking."

The Secretary-General urged other nations to help West African governments in their fight against piracy.

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Ban calls for integrated strategy against maritime piracy in Gulf of Guinea

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