Security Council renews mandate for combating piracy in Somalia

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The UN  Security Council has renewed authorization for member states and regional organizations to cooperate with the Somali government in fighting piracy and armed robbery off the coast of Somalia.

The Council took the decision in a unanimous resolution adopted on Monday.

Ambassador Liu Jieyi of China, the Council President for this month, says the resolution "sends out a very strong message" of cooperation in combating piracy and armed robbery in that area and in arresting and prosecuting the culprits.

"It also sets up a very important framework that will continue to enable member states to cooperate on this very important issue. It is heartening to note that past action by the Security Council has had very positive impacts in this area. We see a falling curve in the number of reported incidents of piracy and armed robberies in the area.” (27")

Ambassador Liu Jieyi said it is hoped that the Council resolution adopted on Monday morning will keep this momentum.

He added that China supports operations to fight piracy off the coast of Somalia and has sent 15 naval ships, to date to protect commercial civilian shipping in the area.

Donn Bobb, United Nations

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