The Contact Group on Piracy off the Coast of Somalia (CGPCS) is a partnership of nearly 80 countries and world organizations fighting maritime crime off the Somali coast. It funds the Hostage Support Program (implemented by UNPOS and UNODC), which recently secured the release of the longest-held hostages by Somali pirates.

The Contact Group on Piracy off the Coast of Somalia (CGPCS) is a partnership of nearly 80 countries and world organizations fighting maritime crime off the Somali coast. It funds the Hostage Support Program (implemented by UNPOS and UNODC), which recently secured the release of the longest-held hostages by Somali pirates.

U.S. Department of State: Counter Piracy: Global Community Gathers to Take Action

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Somali government coast guards patrol the coast of Mogadishu, Somalia to keep a watch for pirates who hijack ships off the coast, Dec. 6, 2009. [AP File Photo]

About the Author: Thomas P. Kelly serves as Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Political-Military Affairs.

In March, the United States turned over to the Republic of Seychelles 15 suspected Somali pirates for prosecution in connection with an attempted January…

"From the beginning, the United States has adopted a multilateral approach focused on addressing this issue as a shared challenge. Piracy affects the international community as a whole and can only be effectively addressed through broad, coordinated, and comprehensive international efforts. In January 2009, the United States helped establish the Contact Group on Piracy off the Coast of Somalia to both prompt action and coordinate the efforts to suppress Somali piracy. The Contact Group is based on a voluntary membership and was established concurrent with the UN Security Council’s passage of Resolution 1851. It now includes over 70 nations as well as international and maritime industry organizations, to help coordinate national and international counter-piracy policies and actions."
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Piracy Off the Horn of Africa

Remarks

Andrew J. Shapiro
Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Political-Military Affairs
Remarks to the Center for American Progress
Washington, DC
March 27, 2012

Contact Group on Piracy off the Coast of Somalia Meets in New York

    

Today, the United States will join partners from nearly 70 countries, international organizations, and the private sector at the United Nations in New York a plenary meeting of the Contact Group on Piracy off the Coast of Somalia, a growing diplomatic effort taking action against criminal activity that threatens commerce and humanitarian aid deliveries along one of the world’s busiest shipping corridors.

The plenary, hosted by the Netherlands, will be the tenth gathering of this outstanding international partnership. Since its initial meeting in January 2009, the Contact Group has nearly tripled in size − a testament to the global consensus that piracy poses a shared security challenge to maritime safety and to the need for further concerted and coordinated international action. Read More

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.@UN Security Council unanimously urges pursuit of Somali piracy kingpins: http://t.co/OAPKQsVH | Fact sheet: http://t.co/bkL99c3G #Somalia

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