June 3, 2008
Security Council gives go ahead for tougher action on pirates
The UN Security Council has opened the way for international naval forces to enter Somalit territorial waters in pursuit of pirates.
In a unanimously adopted resolution, the 15-member body yesterday said it was "gravely concerned by the threat that acts of piracy and armed robbery against vessels pose to the prompt, safe and effective delivery of humanitarian aid to Somalia, the safety of commercial maritime routes and to international navigation."
Dozens of attacks and hijackings of ships operated by the UN World Food Programme (WFP) and other relief agencies have been reported recently, obstructing the delivery of much-needed aid.
The Council called on States whose military ships and planes operate off the Horn of Africa nation's coast to be alert to piracy and to coordinate efforts to curb the problem with other nations, the Transitional Federal Government (TFG) and international organizations such as the UN International Maritime Organization (IMO).
The resolution also said that for a six-month period, countries working with the Somali Transitional Federal Government (TFG) in combating piracy can enter Somalia's territorial waters to repress such acts.