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Combatting maritime piracy

Combatting maritime piracy
Talks in IMO meeting discussed final actions for opening a regional center for coordination and exchanging information to combat maritime piracy and armed robbery against ships.

Talks in IMO meeting discussed final actions for opening a regional center for coordination and exchanging information to combat maritime piracy and armed robbery against ships.

Minister of Transport Khalid al-Wazir met with the International Maritime Organization (IMO)'s delegation, which is currently visiting Yemen. Talks in the meeting discussed final actions for opening a regional center for coordination and exchanging information to combat maritime piracy and armed robbery against ships in the western Indian Ocean area and the Gulf of Aden off the Somali coast and its head office in Sana'a.

The two sides agreed on measures for receiving technical equipments of the regional center and specified January, 2011 as the date for opening the center, and that the required equipments for operating the center would arrive in next October.

They also dealt with arrangements for convening the regional meeting of Member States of Djibouti Code of Conduct, to be held in Sana'a during October 25-27, to discuss the approval of the regional center's administrative system as well as the mechanism of cooperation and integration between the regional center and the national centers in the member states, which amount to 11 countries including Saudi Arabia, Oman, Eritrea, Djibouti, Sudan, Kenya, Egypt, Somalia, Tanzania, Jordan and Yemen.

Al-Wazir confirmed Yemen's keenness to develop effective and expeditious solutions to solve the problem of maritime piracy in cooperation with the countries of the region and the IMO and the international community, explaining the steps and actions taken by Yemen to implement the obligations of Yemen in the Code of Conduct.

He expressed Yemen's appreciation for the efforts and support of the IMO, European Union and Japan for the regional center, stressing the importance of supporting Yemen's Coastguard Authority in this field.

The IMO's visited the regional center located in the new building of the General Authority for Marine Affairs in Sana'a and got acquainted with measures relating to its equipping in preparation for opening officially at the beginning of 2011.

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