Office of the Spokesman
December 17, 2008
United Nations Security Council Resolution 1851 (Taken Question)
Question: Provide facts and comments about the UNSC resolution passed yesterday on piracy. Does the resolution authorize use of Somali airspace to pursue pirates?Released on December 17, 2008
Answer: On December 16 Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and the Security Council Representatives unanimously voted to adopt resolution 1851, co-sponsored by the United States, France, Liberia, Greece, and Belgium.
Resolution 1851 authorizes states cooperating with the Somali Transitional Federal Government to extend counter-piracy efforts to include potential operations in Somali territorial land and airspace, to suppress acts of piracy and armed robbery at sea. The resolution urges countries to establish an international cooperation mechanism as a common point of contact for counter-piracy activities near Somalia, and to efforts to enhance the judicial capacity of regional states to combat piracy, including the judicial capacity to prosecute pirates. We believe this resolution marks an important step forward in the international community’s efforts to suppress and prevent acts of piracy off the coast of Somalia.