UN security council favours anti-piracy court formation

The UN security council has pushed for the formation of international courts and prisons – as well as new laws to support their formation – in an effort to combat piracy that has spread from the coast of Somalia to regions like the Indian Ocean, according to news reports.

Agence France-Presse (AFP) has reported that the security council has this week approved a resolution forwarded by Russian delegates to try and curb huge levels of international piracy stemming from Somalia.

Fears have risen during the last year that the territorial waters of Indian Ocean nations like the Maldives could become a realistic target for pirates.

Security officials like the Maldivian National Defense Force (MNDF) last month claimed that there had been no recorded attacks by Somali pirates on vessels in the country’s territorial waters.

However, the AFP reported that the passing of UN security council resolution 1976 has led delegates to praise the initiative as a step towards installing a specialised anti-piracy court.

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon was also called upon by the council to prepare recommendations over the next few months on establishing a court system to focus on suspected acts of piracy.