No. 21




Piracy is a global phenomenon nowadays

  • Tarmo Kõuts

    Head of the Riigikogu Delegation to the European Security and Defence Assembly, member of the National Defence Committee, Pro Patria and Res Publica Union

Piracy is a global problem which does not concern only the regions immediately related to piracy, and therefore fighting it requires serious international efforts.

Such efforts are not lacking. As the problem of piracy is expanding, and in answer to repeated communications of the European Union, the UN Security Council has adopted several resolutions which enable to take decisive measures in combating piracy. In January 2009, the Code of conduct concerning the repression of piracy and armed robbery against ships in the Western Indian Ocean and the Gulf of Aden was adopted in Djibouti which has become known as the Djibouti Code of Conduct. It has been signed by 14 states, several of which have already achieved remarkable success in implementation of the Code of conduct. At present, Somalia is the hottest centre of piracy in the world. Piracy on the coast of Somalia can only be fought successfully if Somalia achieves political stability which makes this country to function as a state again. It is also very important that the clouds that have gathered over Somalia be dispersed in the right way, involving in the first place Somalians themselves.

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