UNITED NATIONS (AP) The U.N. Security Council has unanimously called on Somalia to pass laws banning piracy and urged the east African nation to more aggressively combat pirates at sea and the crime lords on land who finance and organize their raids.
The council welcomed the news that pirate attacks off Somalia have fallen to their lowest level since 2006. Many ships now carry armed guards.
The council passed a resolution 15-0 Monday also telling Somalia to step up its efforts to arrest pirates and bring them to trial. Somali piracy cases are currently tried in other countries that own ships and cargos and claim jurisdiction, including the United States.
Somalia’s fragile central government doesn’t control large sections of the country, much of which is ruled by al-Shabab militants allied with al-Qaida.