Posted on December 06, 2019 by Ilias Kiritsis
The United Nations Security Council on Wednesday the 4th of December unanimously passed resolution 2500, renewing the adopted measures that seek to control the spread of Somalian Piracy.
The United States-drafted resolution, which has been renewed for 12 months, will last until December 2020.
It allows states and local organizations operating in the region, to enter into Somali territorial waters and engage in actions aimed at stopping acts of piracy and armed robbery from taking place in the area.
This renewal has the full backing of the Somali government, who sent out a letter to the Security Council on November the 22nd calling for the further continuation of the anti-piracy measures.
Currently, the number of pirate incidents off the coast of Somalia has considerably diminished, when compared to the golden era of Somali piracy.
According to a report published by the UN secretary-general, only two such incidents have occurred within the last two years.
Back in October the 16th 2018, an attempt was made to board a bulk carrier, some 340 nautical miles east of Mogadishu, which was thwarted thanks to the efforts of armed security personnel onboard the vessel.
A second event occurred on April 21st, 2019 when two fishing vessels were attacks, some 280 nautical miles off the central coast of Somalia. That attack was also thwarted due to the actions of the armed security personnel onboard the two vessels.