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A new resolution at the UN for the fight against pirates

(B2)The UN Security Council voted, on October 7, unanimously, a new resolution on the fight against piracy in Somalia (resolution 1838), after that voted in June (resolution 1816, (1 )).

This text has several interests:

– it allows the deployment of warships AND (above all) air assets to fight against piracy off the coast of Somalia. It thus authorizes intervention not only “off the coast” (resolution 1816 authorized entry into territorial waters) but also in “the superjacent airspace”. This, without time limit.

– it indicates the willingness of the Security Council to renew resolution 1816 (limited to 6 months).

– it encourages coordination not only between States but also regional organizations – acting in the use of force, the prevention of piracy or technical assistance to the Somali authorities.

– he asks (again – (see resolution 1814)) States to ensure the “protection of maritime convoys of the World Food Program”. That "is of vital importance for the delivery of humanitarian aid to the people of Somalia” it is mentioned.

This project – led by France on behalf of the European Union – was supported by around ten European countries (Belgium, Croatia, Denmark, Greece, Italy, Lithuania, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, United Kingdom ) or not (Japan, Malaysia, Korea, Panama and the United States). The only false note: South Africa which ultimately voted for the resolution while considering that the urgency was also to help the transitional government. Same concern from Indonesia which stressed that piracy was not the only problem, but part of the country's instability, and that it was necessary to push for a political solution in Somalia.

To read resolution 1816 (June 2008), resolution 1814 (May 2008), go to the page “Texts – maritime piracy"

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Nicolas Gros Verheyde

Chief editor of the B2 site. Graduated in European law from the University of Paris I Pantheon Sorbonne and listener to the 65th session of the IHEDN (Institut des Hautes Etudes de la Défense Nationale. Journalist since 1989, founded B2 - Bruxelles2 in 2008. EU/NATO correspondent in Brussels for Sud-Ouest (previously West-France and France-Soir).

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