Fourth Plenary Meeting of the Contact Group on Piracy off the Coast of Somalia

https://i1.wp.com/www.stssomalia.com/images/pirats.jpgThe Contact Group on Piracy off the Coast of Somalia met at United Nations Headquarters in New York on September 10, 2009, and agreed upon the following statement.Begin Text:The Contact Group on Piracy off the Coast of Somalia (Contact Group) held its fourth meeting in New York City on 10 September 2009, under the Chairmanship of Japan.The Contact Group welcomes the significant reduction in the rate of successful attacks by pirates off the coast of Somalia, especially among shipping following agreed Best Management Practices (BMPs), despite the worrying rise in the number of overall pirate attacks (the number of incidents this year has reached 156 already, compared to 111 incidents in last year). It notes with satisfaction, however, that tangible progress in the fight against piracy off the Coast of Somalia has been made since the establishment of the Contact Group. Despite the increasing number of attacks, the rate of successful attacks has decreased significantly. Seventeen countries have newly participated in this meeting, raising the number of participating countries from 28 to 45. This increased participation indicates that more concerted efforts are being made toward cooperation in anti-piracy activities.

Fourth Plenary Meeting of the Contact Group on Piracy off the Coast of Somalia

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