UN chief urges sustained piracy effort

Pirates still holding at least 37 hostage. 

UN political chief urges sustained efforts to combat piracy off Somali coast

The UN political chief on Wednesday called for a long-term solution to piracy off the Somali coast, urging sustained efforts to address underlying conditions conducive to breeding piracy.

Briefing the Security Council on piracy off the Somali coast, Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs Jeffrey Feltman said that the multi-pronged approach may be “a daunting, but unavoidable task, for it will enable Somalia to effectively address, and ultimately defeat piracy.”

“We should not only ask what more needs to be done to ensure that the scourge does not return, but also what kind of support could be provided to Somalia so that the country is able to respond to the threat of piracy without dependence on the countries support of international navies,” he said.

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Source: shanghaidaily.com

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