Shipowners Slammed

Discussions at the UN Security Council have centered on the observation that shipowners need to do more to secure the release of captives.

“The primary responsibility for the release of hostages lies with the owners of the ships concerned,” Indian envoy to the UN Hardeep Singh Puri said at a debate on Somalia, organised by China, which holds the presidency of the Council for March.

“In many cases, it has been observed that the owners of the ships involved do not take the responsibility or display adequate interest in securing the release of sailors under their employment,” he said.

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