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Kamau: Let's cooperate to end piracy in Indian Ocean

12 March 2014, 15:22 Nechesa Chemoi

Nairobi - Transport Cabinet Secretary, Michael Kamau hasa urged Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA) member states to step up efforts to end piracy in the Indian Ocean.

In a speech read on his behalf by Mining Cabinet Secretary Najib Balala, during the opening the conference on the “political economy” of Maritime Africa in the Indian Ocean region Kamau said it was time had come to do away with piracy.

“We must be fully proactive in combating the blight of piracy by ensuring that as much involvement as possible is undertaken on the ground, in addition to giving maximum support to the newly established governance structures in Somalia,” said Kamau, in relation to Somalia where piracy has been on the rise.

He said the issue of piracy must never disappear on the region's agenda of urgent issues to be dealt with and even in regional meetings.

“The matter has to be given the due attention it deserves. That is why it is my hope that we will be further enlightened on new developments in overcoming piracy challenges in the form of new solutions, concrete actions and our efforts in drawing international attention and support to the plight of piracy as faced in our region,” he said.

He said the region still needs more focused, reassuring and effective response to piracy.

“We must come together as a region to bear the burden of Anti-piracy surveillance and deterrence costs in addition to the costs combating illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing,” he said

The conference ends on Friday.

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