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'Navies can enter Somali waters'

The UN Security Council has passed a resolution permitting member countries to enter the territorial waters of Somalia to fight piracy.

world Updated: Dec 03, 2008 22:53 IST

The UN Security Council has passed a resolution permitting member countries to enter the territorial waters of Somalia to fight piracy.

The US-sponsored resolution, passed unanimously by the Security Council Tuesday, is valid for 12 months. It welcomes the recent initiatives taken by countries like India, Canada, France, Russia, Britain and the US to counter piracy off Somali coast.

The Security Council resolution is expected to come as a big help to countries like India that are fighting Somali pirates.

Under international laws, naval ships are free to patrol international waters.

Indian naval vessels and those from the other countries were constrained so far to enter the territorial waters of Somalia, a situation the pirates have taken full advantage of.

The resolution also makes very clear the support for the European Union mission that is about to be launched and welcomes the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) initiative to escort World Food Programme (WFP) shipments until the EU mission is up and running.

Pirates free Yemeni cargo ship, no ransom paid Somali pirates have freed a Yemeni cargo ship they seized last week after successful talks between regional authorities, local clan elders and the gunmen.

The MV Amani, owned by Yemeni shipping firm Abu Talal, has seven sailors on board.


It was seized on November 25 as it carried 507 tonnes of steel from Yemen’s Mukalla port to Socotra Island.