Statement by Deputy Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation to the United Nations Mr. Evgeniy Zagaynov on the UN Security Council resolution vote on piracy and armed robbery at sea off the coast of Somalia
Our delegation supported today’s resolution 2383 (2017). However, we would note that there is a regional link to the mandate extended by the resolution. That approach has some positive aspects. At the same time, in our view, combating piracy requires significant comprehensive measures and a more global format. Clearly, that would enable more effective crafting of common approaches to fighting piracy and other types of crimes at sea, as well as enabling an exchange of experiences, including with regard to criminal prosecution of pirates. We believe that the Contact Group on Piracy off the Coast of Somalia could be the most successful platform for such efforts.
Resolution 2383 (2017) underscores the fact that piracy constitutes and engine for corruption, terrorism and other crimes. Maritime crime also includes illegal trafficking in weapons and narcotics, as well as other types of crimes. In practice, pirates are frequently implicated in illegal activities that are not directly linked to the seizure of vessels. In that regard, in the foreseeable future, it would be wise for us to consider optimal means of countering such threats.
In conclusion, we would like to stress that, on the whole, the Security Council must continue to play a leading political role in the fight against piracy. Work along those lines is an example of the effectiveness of the Council.