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Wednesday, April 13, 2011

The Somali government opens door If There Military Other Countries Fight Pirates

REPUBLIKA.CO.ID, JAKARTA - The Somali government to allow other countries to combat pirates who come from the country said the Indonesian Ambassador to Somalia Mohamud Olow Barow here on Wednesday. "The Somali government to allow other countries, including Indonesia, to combat pirates not only in the ocean even if necessary until the ground. We allow it," said Mr Barow a news conference.

These comments were made related to hostage-taking following the Holy Light MV 20 crew (ABK), an Indonesian citizen since March 16, 2011 by pirates from Somalia are demanding ransom of 2.6 million dollars and then rose to 3.5 million U.S. dollars ( approximately USD 31.5 billion).

Attack another country on the Somali pirates on Security Council Resolution 1846 United Nations contains a license for the state and regional organizations to use all necessary measures to cope with Somali pirates who set on December 2, 2008.

"Somali President Abdullahi Yusuf Ahmed himself who sent a letter to the UN Security Council to ask the countries that have the strength to fight the pirates to act," he said.

There are at least nine countries, namely Canada, Denmark, the United States, India, France, Russia, Spain, Holland and England and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), which then send their war ships and aircraft to the waters of Somalia to secure the transportation there.

Regarding the efforts to free hostages on board MV Sinar Kudus, Barow Ambassador said that one day since the ship was taken hostage, the Somali Embassy in Jakarta immediately coordinate with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Indonesia to find a way of diplomacy for the sake of freeing the hostages.

"Since 17 March we've met with foreign ministry officials and find ways to negotiate like to contact the Embassy in Kenya and Somalia Embassy in Kenya to speak with a representative in Nairobi," he explained.

He said that the Somali government is also ready to provide whatever information is needed by the Indonesian government in order to liberate the hostages, including military and intelligence consultancy. "The Indonesian government is very serious building diplomacy in order not to have casualties," he said.

He said that actually captured the MV of the Holy Light in the Arabian Sea, 350 miles off Yemen's Socotra Island. The pirates use cargo ships instead of the small boats used once so make the other boat did not suspect these pirate ships.

Robbery began to bloom in the waters of Somalia that have coastlines along the 3330 kilometers since 1993, the post-civil war that erupted in 1991 and make the Navy power Somali waters lame and makes no terkawal.

"Sea of ​​Somalia so full of illegal fishing vessels and the disposal of nuclear waste, it makes the young Somalis angry and try to catch illegal fishing vessels and demanding compensation in the form of U.S. dollars," the story of Barrow.

The thugs who see the act of Somali youths were then use it as a way to hijack a passing ship in the Sea of ​​Somalia.

In a cabinet meeting on Tuesday (12 / 4), President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono called on all parties to be patient and support the government in the process of liberation of citizens who were held hostage because there are a number of options being prepared but not everything can be explained to the public.

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