Posted by: africanpressorganization | 17 January 2009

First meeting of the contact group on piracy off the coast of Somalia / French ministry of Foreign Affairs statement

 


 

 

 

First meeting of the contact group on piracy off the coast of Somalia / French ministry of Foreign Affairs statement

 

NEW YORK, January 17, 2009/African Press Organization (APO)/ — French ministry of Foreign Affairs Daily Press Briefing

 

 

The first meeting of the Contact Group on Piracy off the Coast of Somalia took place on January 14 in New York, assembling 24 countries and five local and international organizations.

 

Characterized by a constructive consensus atmosphere, the meeting demonstrated yet again the international community’s determination to step up the fight against piracy off the Somali coast.

 

The establishment of this contact group is in keeping with our wish to mobilize new forces to join those already deployed, notably the EU’s Operation Atalanta, which is also open to the participation and/or association of third countries.

 

In addition, it will help us find operational solutions to coordinate the increasingly numerous naval forces in the area, such as those of India, China and Russia, while respecting their autonomy.

 

In line with France’s commitment against maritime piracy, we welcome the Contact Group’s consensus on establishing a coordination center on the ground. Djibouti, which has applied to house this structure, seems an excellent choice.

 

 

SOURCE : France – Ministry of Foreign Affairs


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