SOMALIA – UN Security Council renews authorization for anti-piracy measures

UN SECURITY COUNCIL UNANIMOUSLY VOTED RESOLUTION 2500 ON ANTI-PIRACY MEASURES TO BE ADOPTED IN SOMALIA

On Wednesday December 04th, United Nations Security Council unanimously adopted Resolution 2500 renewing the authorization for Somalia anti-piracy measures to December of 2020.

The United States-drafted resolution has decided to renew for 12 months the authorization for states and regional organizations cooperating with Somalia to enter into Somali territorial waters and use all necessary means for the purpose of repressing acts of piracy and armed robbery at sea.

It has also decided to renew the authorization for such actors cooperating with Somalia to take these measures for the same purpose in Somali territory (on land), pursuant to the request of Somalia, while stressing that such measures are consistent with applicable international humanitarian and human rights law. Somalia had requested that these measures be renewed in a letter to the Security Council on Nov. 22.

The report of the UN secretary-general on the situation with respect to piracy and armed robbery at sea off the coast of Somalia was published on Nov. 8. The report describes two significant piracy incidents since Oct. 1, 2018.

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