UN general assembly to discuss piracy

Steve Matthews – LLOYD’S LIST

PIRACY will be discussed for the first time by the United Nations General Assembly in New York on tomorrow.

Although the subject has been raised several times at the UN Security Council, it has not previously been raised at the full General Assembly. It will focus particularly on the situation off Somalia and the Gulf of Aden.

The Security Council earlier passed specific resolutions on piracy, such as allowing foreign naval forces to enter Somali territorial waters to protect commercial ships and addressed issues including arrangements for prosecuting captured pirates.

International Maritime Organization secretary-general Efthimios Mitropoulos will be in New York to attend the session and make delegates aware of the issues. The session is expected to last all day, but it is not clear in advance if the General Assembly will agree any specific new measures.


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