14 Nov '11, 8pm

Sri Lanka seeks tougher action against Somali pirates

COLOMBO: Sri Lanka on Monday called for tougher action against Somali pirates operating in the Indian Ocean and said multinational efforts had so far proved insufficient to deal with the threat. Top defence official Gotabhaya Rajapakse asked maritime powers to share intelligence and ensure joint and coordinated patrols in a region which accounts for more than 50 percent of the world's container cargo traffic. "Existing international maritime laws and practices have proven ineffective in combating the activities of the Somali pirates," Rajapakse said at a regional conference on maritime security organised by Sri Lanka's navy. His remarks came after Maldivian President Mohamed Nasheed announced on Friday that his atoll nation was working with Sri Lanka and India to work out a strategy to deal with Somali pirates. Nasheed said they had arrested 37 Somali pirates who were drif...

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