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U.S. Daily Press Briefing

Daily Press Briefing

Sean McCormack, Spokesman

Washington, DC

November 21, 2008

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10:07 a.m. EST

MR. MCCORMACK: Good morning, everybody.
QUESTION: Good morning.
Yes.

QUESTION: Apparently Somalia’s Islamist insurgents are hunting for these pirates. They say that they, you know, want to take them on --

MR. MCCORMACK: Mm-hmm.

QUESTION: -- for attack – for attacking a ship from Saudi Arabia.

MR. MCCORMACK: Mm-hmm.

QUESTION: And I just wondered what – has your thinking advanced any more on this, on what the United States can do about this crisis?

MR. MCCORMACK: Well, we are working – as I’ve said – I will repeat, working within the Security Council to take a look at the renewal of the Security Council – one of the Security Council resolutions that deals with piracy emanating from Somalia. And we’re taking a look with other countries as to how we might modify that resolution to better enable responsible state naval assets to deal with the issue of piracy in the region. I won’t repeat for you here all that I have said before about this, working with other states to generate the assets to (a) not only get the humanitarian shipments – it is truly Friday here, isn’t it – get the humanitarian shipments into Somalia, but also to deal with this issue of piracy, which has very real economic implications.

QUESTION: Thank you.

ENDS

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