UN: Security Council urges UN member states to strengthen efforts against piracy

New York, US (PANA) - The UN Security Council Wednesday reaffirmed its condemnation
of all acts of piracy and robbery at sea off the coast of Somalia, reiterating its calls for the
international community to intensify efforts in fighting what it said was a threat to
the East African country’s stability.

Adopting a new resolution, the Council stressed the need for UN member states to
engage in a "comprehensive response to repress piracy, and tackle its underlying causes",
while also calling on the global community to "take part in the fight against piracy and
armed robbery” by providing a consistent military presence to the region.

It stated that piracy "exacerbates instability by introducing large amounts of illicit cash
that fuels additional crime and corruption in Somalia", and urged all member states to
take "appropriate actions" to prevent the illicit financing of acts of piracy as well as the
laundering of its proceeds.

It commended the work undertaken by INTERPOL in assembling a global piracy
database and facilitating "actionable analysis for law enforcement" and encouraged
both flag States and port States to consider further safety and security measures to
be implemented on vessels.

Turning to Somalia’s role in clamping down on the scourge of piracy, the Council
called on Somali authorities to make all efforts to bring to justice those using the
country’s territory to plan acts of piracy through land-based investigations and
thorough patrols at sea.

According to a 2014 report by the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC),
piracy in the Horn of Africa is currently "ebbing" with 49 victims of piracy currently
known to be held hostage on land.

Another potential 41 hostages are at sea, held on captured dhows – traditional seafaring
vessels – used as "mother ships".

Meanwhile, 11 victims who have been kidnapped by the terrorist group, Al Shabaab,
are believed to be held by groups with piracy links.

Despite the diminishing number of incidents, piracy remains a lucrative shadow
industry which can lure otherwise law-abiding citizens away from peace-time
employment into the clutches of criminality.

The total cost to the global economy caused by piracy is estimated at about US$18
billion a year in increased trade costs, as well as a significant decline in tourist
arrivals and fishing yields since 2006.

In addition, pirates off the coast of Somalia and the Horn of Africa have made between
US$339 million and US$413 million in ransom profits over the past seven years,
according to a 2013 analysis published by the UNODC, World Bank and INTERPOL.
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