UN political chief calls for long-term solution to combat piracy off Somalia coast

26 October 2014 (Last Updated October 26th, 2014 18:30)

United Nations political chief Jeffrey Feltman has called for a sustained long-term solution to fight piracy off the coast of Somalia.

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United Nations political chief Jeffrey Feltman has called for a sustained long-term solution to fight piracy off the coast of Somalia.

During the briefing of the Security Council on piracy, Feltman said: "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."

"Long-term perspectives are required to eliminate piracy by addressing the root causes such as political instability." 

Piracy incidents off the Somalian coast have reduced lately due to the efforts of member states, organisations and the maritime industry.

It has been suggested that long-term perspectives are required to eliminate piracy by addressing the root causes such as political instability and the lack of alternative livelihoods in the country.

According to Feltman, the state-building and inclusive governance efforts in the country should be controlled by Somalis and the international community should continue to support the Somali Government for its initiatives.

On the other hand, the UN will also offer helps for Somalia and other countries in the region to prevent piracy incidents, he added.


Image: Piracy attacks off the coast of Somalia have reduced due to combined, sustained efforts. Photo: courtesy of EU.