UN wants more security off East Africa coast

A United Nations report has called for new security to be deployed urgently off the coast of East Africa...

Mogadishu in Somalia. Picture: Abdimalik Yusuf/IRIN

A United Nations report has called for new security to be deployed urgently off the coast of East <place w:st="on">Africa to battle Somali pirates who are now spreading their attack zone.

It also suggested a new court should be set up to try the buccaneers with Somali jurisdiction based in a foreign country.

Two South Africans are currently being held by marauders after the yacht they were travelling on was sea-jacked almost three months ago.

The report will be debated by the United Nations Security Council on Tuesday. Top of mind will be its finding that the pirates are winning the battle, going further into the <place w:st="on">Indian Ocean armed with better equipment and weapons.

The report warns that if the international community does not act with extreme urgency, piracy off <country-region w:st="on"><place w:st="on">Somalia</country-region>’s coast will continue to prosper until it reaches the point of no return.

Nine in ten marauders caught at sea by international forces are freed almost straight away because there is nowhere to try them in their home country, the report also claims.