n Tydskrif vir die Suid-Afrikaanse Reg - Some national and regional responses to maritime piracy : notes




On May 14, 2010, during the 64th session of the general assembly of the United Nations an informal meeting was held to address the issue of international maritime piracy. Speaking at the occasion, the president of the assembly informed the representatives of member states as follows:

"The challenge posed by maritime piracy, particularly off the coast of Somalia, has assumed serious proportions. Piracy is a complex problem with security, political legal, social, economic and even human rights dimensions and consequences. It has a particularly destabilizing effect on national, regional and international security, stability and trade. Recent statistics from the International Maritime Bureau confirm these concerns. In 2009 alone, pirates attacked 217 ships with 47 successful hijackings and extorted $60 million in ransom. ... The problem off the coast of Somalia is rooted in the insecurity, instability, chaos and lack of governmental authority, which have characterised the situation in Somalia for the last two decades" (http:///www.un.org/ga/president/64/statements/ piracy140510.shtml (29-06-2011)).


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