November 19, 2008
Security Council to consider strikes on pirate shore bases?
Russia may be planning to go the UN Security Council with a proposal for strikes against shore bases used by Somali pirates.
The Russian Government funded Russia Today English language TV station says that "a source close to the UN Security Council" told RT that it is "considering authorising a raid on bases along the Somali coast. If this happens, armed strikes could target land bases of known pirates threatening ships in the Gulf of Aden."
Of course, the UN Security cannot consider such a step unless a proposal is brought before it and agreed upon.
Meantime, an AP report quotes Russia's Ambassador to NATO Dmitry Rogozin as saying that "NATO, the EU and other stakeholders (should decide) to carry out not a maritime operation, but a land operation that would eradicate pirates bases along the coast."
Ambassador Rogozin is quoted as saying that that, six months ago at a meeting of the Russia-NATO Council, he proposed a combined land operation between Russian and the NATO alliance that would target the pirates.