Statement by the Press Secretary/Director-General for Press and Public Relations, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, on the Adoption of the United Nations Security Council Resolution to Address the Acts of Piracy and Armed Robbery off the Coast of Somalia

June 3, 2008

  1. Japan welcomes the unanimous adoption of United Nations Security Council resolution 1816 on Monday, June 2, 2008 (New York time) regarding measures to address the acts of piracy and armed robbery off the coast of Somalia.
  2. In light of the recent incidents including the one involving a Japanese vessel Takayama, Japan has been gravely concerned about the acts of piracy and armed robbery off the coast of Somalia and the Gulf of Aden. Against this background, Japan held close consultations with Security Council members for the adoption of this resolution, also joining the co-sponsors of the resolution. Japan strongly hopes that the resolution will contribute towards addressing the issue of piracy and armed robbery in this area.

     (Note: The co-sponsors of the resolution are 16 countries: the US, the UK, France, Belgium, Croatia, Italy and Panama among the Council members, as well as Japan, Australia, Canada, Denmark, Greece, the Netherlands, Norway, Republic of Korea and Spain, as non-Council members.)