New York - The UN Security Council is urging more action to
combat the rise in piracy and armed robbery in the Gulf of Guinea off Africa's
A presidential statement adopted on Wednesday expresses the
council's deep concern at the threat the pirates pose to international
navigation in the Gulf, security and economic development of regional states
and the safety of seafarers.
The Security Council called for a comprehensive regional
approach to combat piracy, including laws to criminalise such acts and to
prosecute perpetrators and facilitators.
The council expressed deep concern at the number of
incidents and level of violence of acts of piracy and armed robbery in the Gulf
of Guinea in the first half of 2013, when the International Maritime Bureau
reported 31 incidents including four hijackings.