Search

 

Cablegate: Somalia - Un Details Piracy Conference Plans

VZCZCXRO9813
OO RUEHAG RUEHAST RUEHCHI RUEHDA RUEHDE RUEHDF RUEHDIR RUEHFK RUEHFL
RUEHHM RUEHIK RUEHKSO RUEHKW RUEHLA RUEHLN RUEHLZ RUEHNAG RUEHNP
RUEHPB RUEHPOD RUEHROV RUEHSR RUEHTRO RUEHVK RUEHYG
DE RUEHNR #2661 3310403
ZNR UUUUU ZZH
O 260403Z NOV 08
FM AMEMBASSY NAIROBI
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC IMMEDIATE 7718
INFO RUEHZU/ASIAN PACIFIC ECONOMIC COOPERATION IMMEDIATE
RUEHZL/EUROPEAN POLITICAL COLLECTIVE IMMEDIATE
RUEHZM/GULF COOPERATION COUNCIL COLLECTIVE IMMEDIATE
RUEHXL/INDIAN OCEAN COLLECTIVE FROM USUN NEW YORK IMMEDIATE
RUEHZG/NATO EU COLLECTIVE IMMEDIATE
RUCNSOM/SOMALIA COLLECTIVE IMMEDIATE
RUEPVAA/COMJSOC FT BRAGG NC IMMEDIATE
RUEKDIA/DIA WASHDC IMMEDIATE
RUEAIIA/CIA WASHDC IMMEDIATE
RHMFIUU/CDR USCENTCOM MACDILL AFB FL IMMEDIATE
RHMFIUU/CJTF HOA IMMEDIATE
RHEHNSC/NSC WASHDC IMMEDIATE
RUCNDT/USMISSION USUN NEW YORK IMMEDIATE 7414

UNCLAS NAIROBI 002661

SIPDIS

STATE FOR AF/E AND A/S FRAZER
STATE ALSO FOR IO AND L

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: EWWT PREL PINS PGOV SO
SUBJECT: SOMALIA - UN DETAILS PIRACY CONFERENCE PLANS

REF: NAIROBI 2642

1. Summary: The UN's Somalia political office on November
25 outlined its plans for a Nairobi conference on Somali
piracy December 10-11. The UN has invited high level
representation from over 50 countries (including the United
States, previously forward via separate email) and
international organizations with a stake in the Horn's
piracy, but it is unclear yet who will come. Day one of the
conference will be technical discussions and recommendations;
the UN hopes political representatives will ratify outcomes
on day two. To frame the conference discussions, the UN is
finalizing a report on Somali piracy, with suggested actions.
A summary of the report and conference agenda will be sent
out by November 26, with the full report available the week
of December 1. Kenya is reconsidering its recently announced
plans to host a separate piracy conference in December
(reftel). End Summary.

2. On November 25 the United Nations Deputy Special
Representative to the Secretary General for Somalia Charles
Petrie convened a meeting to discuss the UN Somalia office's
plans for an international conference on Somali piracy,
scheduled for December 10-11 in Nairobi. Petrie said Kenya
was reconsidering their wish to host a separate piracy
conference this month (reftel); he expected they would
support the UN-sponsored gathering instead. To guide the
conference and make recommendations for combating piracy,
Petrie said the UN had contracted a study of Somalia's piracy
which will be finalized the week of December 1, but an
abbreviated copy, along with the meeting's agenda, will be
released by November 26 (post will forward as soon as
available). Day one of the conference will focus on
technical discussions and the report's action
recommendations; Petrie hopes the political representation
will adopt many of the recommendations on day two.

3. Over 50 countries and many international organizations
have been invited to the UN-sponsored conference. In
addition to countries in the region, Indian Ocean and Pacific
Rim countries are included, as are Persian Gulf states and
countries with a naval presence in the Indian Ocean and Gulf
of Aden. Regional governments are likely to send ministers,
Petrie said, but there have been few firm responses yet.

4. Reiterating that a 10-12 page summary of the UN-sponsored
piracy report will be available by November 26, the report's
drafting team leader briefly highlighted its research,
findings, and proposed actions. The report covers the
origins of Somali piracy and compares it to other regions'
sea piracy. It examines Somali piracy's organization and
methodology, its destructive economic and humanitarian costs,
and possible connections to terrorists. The report surveys
the applicable international and regional government's laws
concerning piracy. Finally, the study contains 39
recommendations for short-, medium- and long-term actions to
combat piracy.

5. Petrie stressed the conference will identify concrete
steps, or "practical actions" that can be taken on the
ground, and these hopefully will be ratified by the political
representation on day two. He welcomed internationals to
weigh in and help shape the recommendations to make them more
feasible and achievable, once the report's abbreviated copy
is released. Post will forward conference materials as they
are released.
RANNEBERGER

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
World Headlines

 

APEC : Leaders Issue Kuala Lumpur Declaration

The leaders of the 21 APEC member economies issued the Kuala Lumpur Declaration following the first-ever virtual 27th APEC Economic Leaders’ Meeting chaired by Malaysian Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin. Convening for the first time since the ... More>>

UN: Refugee Resettlement Numbers Fall To Lowest In Two Decades

Refugee resettlement numbers will be at a “record low” this year, the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) said on Wednesday, with only 15,425 people resettled in the first nine months of 2020, compared to more than 50,000 in 2019. In 2016, resettlement ... More>>

OHCHR: UN Committee Issues Recommendations To Combat Racial Profiling

The Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination today published its guidance to combat racial profiling, emphasizing, among other issues, the serious risk of algorithmic bias when artificial intelligence (AI) is used in law enforcement. The ... More>>

G20: Global Co-Operation And Strong Policy Action Needed For A Sustainable Recovery

The COVID-19 crisis has exposed major weaknesses in our economies that can only be fixed through greater global co-operation and strong, targeted policy action, according to a new OECD report presented to the Leaders of the G20 countries at their ... More>>