Posted On: Tuesday 26 April 2011 (Warsom) Mogadishu
The South Korean government has pledged US$500,000 to a United Nations counter-piracy fund. The pledge was made at an event in Dubai held for the Trust Fund to Support Initiatives of States Countering Piracy off the Coast of Somalia. Representatives from around 40 countries attended, according to Korean news sources.
South Korea has been actively involved in anti-piracy efforts. On April 21, South Korean naval commandos boarded the Seoul-owned Hanjin Tianjin in the Indian Ocean after a failed pirate attack and found all 20 crew members safe. Three months earlier, they stormed a hijacked South Korean ship, rescuing all the 21 crew and killing eight Somali pirates.
The U.N. Contact Group on Piracy off the Coast of Somalia was established in January 2009. This voluntary, ad hoc international forum brings together countries, organizations, and industry groups with an interest in combating piracy.
Nearly 60 countries and several international groups meet three times a year to coordinate both political and military actions in an effort to end piracy off the coast of Somalia, according to the U.S. Department of State.
Prior to the UAE-hosted fundraising event, the CGPCS had allocated US$4.2 million of the US$6.2 million received. Funds are used for the dissemination of anti-piracy messages in the Somali region and to increase court and holding facilities for arrested pirates.
The next session of the CGPCS will be held under the leadership of Singapore in July 2011.
Wararka Soomaaliya (Warsom.com)
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