UN authorises foreign warships to secure an important shipping route in Somali waters from pirates

Piracy and hijacking have threatened the busy shipping lane off the coast of Somalia for a long time, but in recent years, the security along the important shipping route connecting Europe and Asia has deteriorated significantly with Somali pirate gangs having attacked more than 30 ships this year. The pirates kidnap the crews of cargo ships as well as luxury yachts and fishing trawlers and demand ransoms and even rob ships transporting food aid for civil war-torn Somalia.

The United Nations Security Council has now taken action and authorises all foreign ships to enter Somali waters and to use force to combat piracy and armed robbery. This resolution was sponsored by the U.S., Panama and some European countries and was also backed by the Somali government which is too weak to tackle the issue of piracy and lacks an own navy.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2008/jun/03/unitednations.somalia  

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