Fight pirates under UN aegis: India

Fight pirates under UN aegis: India

New Delhi: Hinting at a possible link between terror groups and Somali pirates, India on Tuesday pitched for fighting the sea brigands under the aegis of the United Nations.

Defence minister A K Antony said piracy can be tackled effectively only by a combined global effort under the joint operational command of the United Nations.

“We don’t think piracy menace is only because of Somali pirates. There are more powerful groups and forces behind the menace. They are somewhere else. There should be a Joint Operational Command under the UN to tackle the issue," he told a press conference here.

In the recent past, Indian agencies have been probing possible links between terror groups such as al Qaeda and the Somali pirates.

Pointing out that all the major navies of the world, including the US, China, Russia and France were present in the piracy-hit Gulf of Aden, Antony said despite that the piracy menace was not yet under control.

“We feel unless there is combined action by all the seafaring nations of world, it will be difficult to contain piracy," he said.

On the proposed anti-piracy law to tackle pirates, Antony said “we are in the process of finalising a new policy on this issue and it will be finalised by the Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) very soon."