Thursday December 5, 2019
United Nations Security Council has unanimously adopted
Resolution 2500 renewing the authorisation for Somalia anti-piracy
measures to December of 2020.
The United States-drafted
resolution has renewed for 12 months the authorisation for states and
regional organisations cooperating with Somalia to enter into Somali
territorial waters and use all necessary means for the purpose of
repressing acts of piracy and armed robbery at sea.
has also decided to renew the authorisation for such actors cooperating
with Somalia to take these measures for the same purpose in Somali
territory (on land), pursuant to the request of Somalia, while stressing
that such measures are consistent with applicable international
humanitarian and human rights law.
Somalia had requested that these measures be renewed in a letter to the Security Council on November 22.
report of the UN secretary-general on the situation with respect to
piracy and armed robbery at sea off the coast of Somalia was published
on November 8.
The report describes two significant piracy incidents since October 1, 2018.
First, on October 16, 2018, there was an attempt to board a bulk
carrier approximately 340 nautical miles (about 630 km) east of
Mogadishu, which was repelled by warning shots from the armed security
personnel on board.
Second, on April 21, 2019, two fishing vessels were attacked 280 nautical miles (about 519 km) off the central coast of Somalia.
The attack was repelled following an exchange of fire between the suspected pirates and armed security personnel on board.
to the attack, the suspected pirates had allegedly seized a Yemeni
fishing vessel off the central coast of Somalia, with 26 crew members on
On April 23, 2019, an EU Naval Force vessel seized the Yemeni fishing vessel and released the crew members.