Posted on February 14, 2019 by Ilias Kiritsis
Russia has proposed the formation of an international mechanism, to be placed under the aegis of the United Nations, in order to combat maritime piracy.
Russian Ambassador to the United Nations, Vassily Nebenzia made the suggestion during a UN Security-Council open meeting on transnational maritime crime.
“We believe there is a need to establish under UN auspices a universal inter-state coordinating mechanism with a broad functional and geographic mandate that would be independent from Contact Group on Piracy off the Coast of Somalia and other regional formats to counter maritime piracy and sea crime.
”Namely, what we need is a universal interstate coordinating mechanism that has broad functions and a broad geographic agreement,” Mr. Nebenzia said during his speech.
The ambassador went on to say that Russia is very concerned over the recent assaults on merchant ships and the kidnapping of Russian crews.
Mr. Nebenzia believes that the formation of such a mechanism would greatly facilitate the resolution of potential new threats and challenges at sea.
This newest statement from Russia echoes that of international shipping association, BIMCO.
Just last month, BIMCO requested the formation of a coalition between the EU, China & the United States in order to combat piracy in the Gulf of Guinea.