March 17, 2006
UN Security Council urges naval action on piracy
The United Nations Security Council has urged Member States to use naval vessels and military aircraft in the fight against piracy and armed robbery off the coast of Somalia.
In a Presidential statement on the situation in Somalia, issued on March 15, 2006, the Security Council "encourages Member States whose naval vessels and military aircraft operate in international waters and airspace adjacent to the coast of Somalia to be vigilant to any incident of piracy therein and to take appropriate action to protect merchant shipping, in particular the transportation of humanitarian aid, against any such act, in line with relevant international law."
The attention of the Security Council was drawn to the situation off Somalia by a resolution adopted by the 24th session of IMO's Assembly in November 2005.
IMO Secretary-General Efthimios E. Mitropoulos says he now hopes the action requested by the Security Council will help to bring about a significant reduction in attacks on innocent merchant shipping in the area and lead eventually to the eradication of the problem of piracy off the coast of Somalia.