Lagat NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
The international community and
shipping firms should intensify patrols along the
Somalia coastline to eliminate piracy that is slowly
crawling back after a five year lull, a senior UN
official has said.
Yury Fedotov, the Executive
Director of the UN office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC)
warned in a statement issued in Nairobi late Wednesday
that Somalia waters could become a haven for piracy and
other transnational crimes unless vigilance is enhanced.
"It is imperative that the international community
remains vigilant and commercial shipping follows the
advice of navies and international maritime organization
when planning safe passage through sea corridors of
Somalia," Fedotov said.
Piracy off the coast of Somalia that was at its peak
five years ago declined sharply thanks to aggressive
onslaught by foreign naval forces and lengthy jail terms
The criminal enterprise threatened stability and
economic growth in Somalia and neighboring countries.
Fedotov noted that piracy in Somalia waters
undermined global commerce and social cohesion in a
region that is yet to recover from devastation caused by
The UN official sounded alarm over a spate of pirate
attacks off the Somalia coast since early March, terming
them a drawback to concerted efforts to stabilize the
Horn of African State.
"The five year let up in serious attacks has led to a
collective forgetting about the dangers of Somalia
piracy," said Fedotov, adding that a cutback on navy
patrols could undermine war on piracy.
Global solidarity in strategic areas like navy
patrols, intelligence gathering, efficient prosecution
of offenders and economic incentives for jobless youth
are key to deal piracy in Somalia waters a fatal blow.
Fedotov was optimistic the menace of piracy along the
Somalia coastline could be extinguished soon through
strategic application of military, economic and
He revealed that an international conference will be
held in London on May 11 to discuss new strategies that
could re-energize the war against piracy in the Somalia
Fedotov said UN Secretary General, Antonio Guterres,
British Prime Minister Theresa May and Somalia President
Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed will attend the conference.
He added the London conference will inject fresh
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