Thursday 21 May 2009

Somali Piracy Conference in Malaysia

Gulf of Aden and the Horn of Africa

Somali Piracy

No Action Talk Only, 'NATO' at work again in True Malaysian Style, at a conference (talking shop) in Malaysia.

Verbal diarrhoea is once again rife, thus the outcome of the much boasted about meeting in Kuala Lumpur is, it seems, zero.

Nothing concrete was decided and the Somali pirates continue to demand and are paid millions of US$ in ransoms.

I have said this before, and will repeat it here once again.

What is needed is a no nonsense approach, pirates should be treated as such, if apprehended carrying out an act of piracy on the high seas, they should be blown out of the water and eliminated, that is all it takes.

Remove them from the equation, man by man, boat by boat, mother ship by mother ship.

After a very short time these pirate gangs will realise that their game is up and they will abandon their quest for an easy buck.

Of course ransoms must never ever be paid, as this is the root of the problem and simply encourages the pirates and perpetuates their activities.

I realise that there are problems to figure out who is a pirate and who is a fisherman, but surely it is not too difficult to determine this.

To hell with namby pamby p c attitudes, let it be open-season on the Somali Pirates.

Mare liberum, An open sea


The navies of the world must unite, get tough, and once and for all rid the world of these somali pirates, it will not take very long if the effort is tough, united, sustained and unforgiving

See what Lloyds List had to say, it is reproduced below:

Action, not words

THE Malaysian government this week brought together delegations from 66 nations to discuss how to tackle the pressing issue of piracy off Somalia.

With delegates including Somali officials from both the transitional government and the Puntland autonomous region, the meeting presented an as yet unparalleled opportunity to thrash out a solution.

A draft statement from the meeting was surprisingly bold by the standards of diplomatic language. All 66 delegations agreed to invite the United Nations to establish an international maritime force to combat piracy off Somalia.

Such an agreement would be a major step in establishing a more permanent solution than having naval forces from 20 countries stationed off the coast.

Unfortunately, it appears the statement was too bold for many present at the meeting. The final statement was no longer from all the delegations present but from the chairman alone. The term “agreed” had disappeared, to be replaced with “noted”.

Many delegations were not comfortable with putting their country’s name explicitly to the statement. That is a shame, as a broad-based agreement to push the issue at a global level with the UN is required.

How many more meetings will it take before countries agree to take action and mandate an international body to tackle the problem head on, rather than the piecemeal fashion seen to date?”

Mors ultima ratio

Death is the final accounting

Mortui non mordant

Dead men don't bite

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