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France, US Working On UN Draft To Combat Piracy In Somalia

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UNITED NATIONS, April 23, 2008 — France and the United States are currently working on a draft resolution in the UN Security Council to combat maritime piracy, notably off the coast of lawless Somalia, diplomats said Tuesday.

"We are working on a text to combat piracy. The time has come to deal with this issue," France's UN Ambassador Jean-Maurice Ripert said.

"We think it is a very important issue. We want to move it forward as soon as possible," Richard Grenell, the spokesman for the US mission to the UN, chimed in.

"With recent events, it is critical that the Security Council looks at this immediately and we will have a draft to them soon," the US diplomat added.

He was referring to the capture of a French luxury yacht off the Somali coast on April 4 by pirates who held the 30-strong crew hostage for a week.

Six of the Somalis were charged by a Paris court with the hostage-taking earlier this month. They had been captured by French special forces, along with 200,000 dollars (125,000 euros) of suspected ransom money, after they released the 30-strong crew of the yacht on April 11.

Sunday, pirates armed with grenade launchers also seized a Spanish fishing boat off Somalia and have demanded a ransom to release the 26-member crew.

The coastal waters off Somalia, which has not had an effective central government for more than 17 years and is plagued by insecurity, are considered to be among the most dangerous waterways for shipping in the world.

Last year more than 25 ships were seized by pirates in Somali coastal waters despite US navy patrols.

Other waterways such as the Gulf of Guinea have been stricken by piracy.

Ripert however made it clear that drafting the anti-piracy text was likely to take some time given the complex issues involved.

Those touched on the "geographical area" under consideration, the implications for the Law of the Sea Convention and the need to secure the green light from governments to conduct patrols or hot pursuits in their territorial waters.

Source: AFP

 


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