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Russia's position on piracy

The Russian Federation initiated and on August 25, 2010 chaired a meeting of the United Nations Security Council on piracy off the coast of Somalia.

The Russian side underlined the need for a comprehensive approach towards piracy and to search for long-term solutions to the problem of pirates' impunity. There was confirmed Russia's invariable support for the establishment of an international judicial mechanism at the regional level to complement national judicial systems.

Russian initiative was highly appreciated. In his speech the UN Secretary General Ban-Ki-Moon noted the magnitude of the threat of piracy and specially called upon the international community to further enhance anti-piracy efforts.

The Security Council gave a high evaluation to the report prepared by the UN Secretariat on possible options to improve the mechanisms for bringing pirates to justice, submitted in furtherance of the Russian-initiated Resolution of the United Nations Security Council 1918. The international community is set to further intensify efforts in this field, including by bringing pirates to justice. 

UN Security Council resolution 1918 and the official statement of its President adopted at the end of the meeting, were deemed a fitting response of the Council in the sphere of the prosecution of pirates, and laid basis for the further advancement of Russian initiatives in the anti-piracy drive.


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