Somali Prime Minster said Thursday they needs more help to fight against pirates and would be willing to share the pirates’ information with other countries.
The government says it has indentified many pirate leaders and their organizations.
We have information on who is behind this, who is involved,” the Prime Minister Abdirashid Ali Sharmarke said in the Kenyan capital of Nairobi.
He said the pirates have become so wealthy and powerful that they threatened his government.
He was referring to the fact that Somali pirates can get $1 million or more in ransom for each hijacked ship. So far there are 19 ships have been taken this year and 42 ships were hijacked last year.
Sharmarke said the government was presenting a plan to envoys from the European Union, the United States and regional authorities to fight pirates by building military forces and establishing intelligence-gathering posts along its coastline.
The best way to deal with the pirates is to prevent them from going into the waters, Sharmarke said. We are planning to establish at least ten or more observation posts on the coastline.
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announced new diplomatic efforts Wednesday to freeze the pirates' assets and said the Obama administration will work together with shippers and insurers to improve their defense against pirates.
The European Union said Thursday it is boosting its anti-piracy fleet off the Somali coast to 11 ships. Nearly a dozen countries including the United States have joined the anti-piracy operations in the Gulf of Aden and off the Somali coast.
The Gulf of Aden is the shortest route from Asia to Europe. There are more than 20,000 ships crossing the vital sea lane every year.