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Statement by Ambassador Wang Min, Deputy Permanent Representative of China to the United Nations, at the Fourteenth Plenary Meeting of the Contact Group on Piracy off the Coast of Somalia

2013/05/01
 

Madam Chair,

I thank you for convening today’s meeting, and appreciate the leadership role of the United States in chairing the Contact Group.I also welcome chairman of each working group for their briefings,and thank them for their important contributions.

Madam Chair,

The Contact Group on Piracy off the Coast of Somalia has served as an effective platform for coordinated international efforts to cope with the threat of piracy and crack down upon related criminal activities.Thanks to the joint efforts of all countries,international cooperation in fighting against piracy has produced remarkable results.This being said, we need to remain cool-headed about the severe situation we face.Although the year 2012 saw a 70% decline in the number of ship abductions by pirates off the coast of Somalia as compared to the previous year, the total annual expenditure on the efforts against piracy there was still as high as 6.1 billion USD with a substantial rise in the losses inflicted by individual cases.Piracy in that area still bears obvious hallmarks of an industry with enhanced criminal capabilities and extended scope of operation.To realize the goal of eradicating the threat of piracy off the coast of Somalia, the international community must build on what has been achieved with unremitting efforts.

Madam Chair,

China takes an active part in the fight against piracy off the Coast of Somalia and carries out international cooperation under relevant international law and Security Council resolutions.The Chinese government started to send naval escort missions to the Gulf of Aden and the Somali waters in December 2008.By April 2013,China has dispatched 14 taskforces and fulfilled escort missions for over 5,100 Chinese and foreign vessels.Not only has China effectively ensured safe and smooth escorting in the waters covered, but also on several occasions,successfully rescued vessels and personnel attacked by pirates.With these efforts,China has made positive contributions to the security and order of major sea lanes.We will continue to enhance coordination in military actions and information sharing with parties concerned on the basis of voluntarism and consultation on an equal footing.Madam Chair,

The key to address the issue of piracy off the coast of Somalia lies in the realization of political stability, economic development and social tranquility in Somalia.China is glad to see the historic headway in Somalia’s peace process.With the formation of the first official government in 21 years,there is anew historical opportunity for restoring order to the turbulent situation.The international community should redouble their attention and input to Somalia, earnestly honor assistance pledges,and provide multi-tiered support to Somalia in various fields.It should further assist regional mechanisms in enhancing capabilities to address the issue of Somalia and help coastal countries with capacity building.Besides, the international community should increase financial,technical and logistical assistance to AMISOM to create conditions for the deployment of UN Peace-Keeping mission in Somalia.

Madam Chair,

China stands ready to work with the rest of the world to keep strengthening cooperation in the fight against piracy off the coast of Somalia and continue playing a constructive role in the realization of lasting peace and reconstruction in Somalia.

Thank you, Madam Chair.

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