UN allows foreign ships to fight pirates off coast of Somalia

The United Nations has granted authority for foreign ships to enter Somalian waters in order to fight piracy and armed robbery.

All 15 members of the UN Security Council on Monday voted in favour of the resolution, aimed at fighting nautical attacks and hijackings along the East African country’s 3,000-kilometre coastline.

Somalia’s transitional president, Abdullahi Yusuf, told the council "the issue of piracy is beyond our present means and capabilities.

The resolution was drafted by the US, France, and Panama, which is one of the countries with the largest number of ships under its flag.

I believe the US Navy and/or Coast Guard has worked intermittently with the transitional government on this task, but it may be that since that government does not have full international recognition, there was reluctance by some countries to involve their ships in antipiracy operations in the area.

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