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Contact Group on Piracy Off the Coast of Somalia
(Jan. 14): The Contact Group on Piracy off the Coast of Somalia met at United Nations Headquarters in New York on January 14, 2009, and agreed on the following statement. Full Text

Inaugural Meeting of the Contact Group on Somali Piracy
(Jan. 12): The Contact Group on Somali Piracy (CGSP) will hold its inaugural meeting at the United Nations Headquarters Building in New York City on January 14, 2009. Full Text

President Yusuf Resigns
(Dec. 29): We support and respect President Yusuf’s decision to resign as President of the Transitional Federal Government (TFG) and welcome his commitment to continue supporting the Djibouti peace process  Full Text

Combating the Scourage of Piracy
(Dec. 16): "I would like to announce that the United States intends to work with partners to create a Contact Group on Somali piracy. We envision the Contact Group serving as a mechanism to share intelligence, coordinate activities, and reach out to other partners, including those in shipping and insurance industries. And we look forward to working quickly on this initiative." Full Text

Situation in Somalia
(Dec. 16): "We talked a good deal about the need for coordination on intelligence, on information sharing. The United States is going to lead a Contact Group on Piracy on the Somali Coast." Full Text

Taken Question: Replacement of African Union Mission to Somalia with a Multinational Force
(Dec. 12): Question:  What does the United States think of Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s suggestion to replace the African Union Mission to Somalia (AMISOM) with a multinational force?  Full Text 

Taken Question: U.S. Efforts at the UN Concerning Somali Piracy
(Dec. 11): Question:  What is the status of current U.S. efforts at the UN concerning Somali piracy? Have there been any discussions on a land-based effort? Full Text

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