Somali Prime minister Shirdon, welcomed the extension for UN mandate on counter piracy
19/11/2013-Prime Minister Abdi Farah Shirdon, today welcomed the extension for
another year of the United Nations Security Council mandate to counter piracy off
the Horn of Africa.
“The Somali Federal Government welcomes the extension of the United Nations
Security Council mandate to tackle piracy. The extension will enable Somalia
alongside its regional and international partners to build on the substantial
progress already made in the last year countering piracy activities off the Horn of
Africa,” the Prime Minister said.
The Prime Minister stressed the need to tackle the root causes of piracy which will
only be achieved through the continued stabilisation and rebuilding of Somalia.
“To put an end to piracy we need to combat the root causes – poverty, absence
of functioning institutions and a lack of opportunities for our young people in
Somalia. We have to continue to stabilize and rebuild Somalia, promote good
governance and rule of law and foster socio-economic development.
“The Federal Government is rebuilding the Somali coast guard in order to
protect our waters, engaging with local communities to provide alternative
livelihoods to young people and working to rehabilitate former pirates.
“Rebuilding and reforming our judicial system must continue apace in order
that those suspected of piracy activities can be investigated, prosecuted and
imprisoned here in Somalia