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UAE calls to address maritime piracy
Friday, December 14, 2012
New York: The UAE has called for addressing the root causes behind maritime piracy off the Somali Coast, renewing its pledge to continue supporting the international efforts to fight this phenomenon which poses a serious threat to International peace, security and stability.
Ahmad Al Jarman, Permanent Representative of the United Arab Emirates to the United Nations in a statement at 13th Plenary Meeting of the Contact Group on Piracy off the Coast of Somalia held at New York said, that the active international naval operations against piracy and the continuously developed self-protection measures by private maritime companies have led to reducing piracy attacks and kidnapping attempts significantly.
“On the ground, the continued international efforts, including the efforts made by the African Union Forces in Somalia, have led to achieving significant progress in the security situation and in the political process in Somalia. This international progress has been translated into decrease in piracy attacks off the Somali coast by 54 per cent during the period 2011 – 2012,” he added.
He cited that the Second High-Level Conference on Combating Piracy organised by the United Arab Emirates under the slogan “A Regional Response to Maritime Piracy: Enhancing Public-Private Partnerships and Strengthening Global Engagement”, is part of this comprehensive global engagement, and has achieved consensus on two main areas that international efforts need to focus on, first: providing adequate support to coastal states affected by piracy, particularly Somalia, in order to enable those states to develop the capacities of their concerned national institutions to address piracy.
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