UN: Somali piracy outpaces efforts to stop it

November 10, 2010 08:45

UNITED NATIONS — Piracy off the coast of Somalia is outpacing efforts to combat it and more is needed to attack the problem at its root by creating economic alternatives for young Somalis, a top UN official said Tuesday.

B. Lynn Pascoe, UN undersecretary-general for political affairs, said more than 438 crew and passengers and 20 ships are currently being held at sea off Somalia as pirates employ larger vessels and attack further off the coast to avoid stepped up patrols."The pirates are taking greater risks and seeking higher ransoms," Pascoe said. "The problems would be worse if not for the very considerable international anti-piracy efforts under way."

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