This Monday, the United Nations Security Council reiterated its position on Somali piracy and urged the international community not to abandon its counter-piracy efforts in the wake of a decrease in successful pirate attacks on vessels in the Indian Ocean. Resolution 2125 commended the disruption of pirate hijacks off the coast of Somalia, attributing much of the success to international naval patrols of the area, development efforts ashore, and use of privately contracted security personnel (PCASP) onboard vessels.
The Security Council also called attention to gaps in anti-piracy efforts, namely, the lack of regional judicial proceedings or incarcerations (resulting in global reluctance to prosecute suspected pirates), as well as the continued – though improving – instability within Somali borders. This echoes much of the sentiment reflected in the Counter-Piracy Week Communique, noting the continued importance of information-sharing and contributions to the CGPCS and the Trust Fund, and the “key legal challenge in countering piracy off the coast of Somalia...[of] ensur[ing] the prosecution of pirate kingpins and financiers.” (See the 15th Plenary Session Communique here.)
OBP is very supportive of the Security Council resolution and we agree that while decreased instances of piracy is an accomplishment in its own right, the problem of piracy is yet to be eliminated and continued efforts are necessary to secure safe transit of the Indian Ocean.