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Office of the Spokesman
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December 11, 2008
Question Taken at December 11, 2008 Daily Press Briefing

U.S. Efforts at the UN Concerning Somali Piracy

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?

Answer:  The United States recently circulated to Security Council members a draft resolution that would encourage the establishment of improved international cooperation between and among states, expand efforts to build judicial capacity to prosecute and incarcerate pirates, and affirm that those engaged in acts of piracy may be designated under the existing Security Council Somalia sanctions regimes.

The U.S. draft would also provide member states and regional organizations, in cooperation with the Somalia Transitional Federal Government, to extend its piracy interdiction efforts to include potential operations on Somali territory.

We believe that this resolution would mark an important step forward in the international community’s efforts to suppress and prevent acts of piracy off the coast of Somalia.

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Released on December 11, 2008

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