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India ready to join global efforts to tackle piracy
United Nations, June 22, 2011
India has expressed readiness to join
any international efforts to tackle the threat of piracy and
armed robbery at sea and in safety and release of hostages
taken by pirates.
"India has a strong and abiding interest in ensuring the
security of maritime traffic off the Somali coast and the Gulf
of Aden," India's Permanent Representative Hardeep Singh Puri
said at a UN Security Council briefing Tuesday.
"We stand ready to contribute to any international efforts
aimed at increasing effective cooperation among States to
tackle the threat of piracy and armed robbery at sea and in
safety and release of hostages taken by pirates," he said.
Puri also emphasised that with the increased presence of
international naval forces off the coast of Somalia and in the
Gulf of Aden, pirates have moved to other areas and increased
pirate activity has been witnessed in the larger Indian Ocean
Earlier, at another Security Council briefing on Sudan, Puri
urged all the parties concerned with and interested in the
issues between the North and the South to encourage the
parties to abjure violence.
The international community, including the Security Council,
should stand ready to support the parties in implementation of
the agreements that they may reach, he said.
"To this end, we stand ready to work with the other members of
the Council," Puri said.