28 November 2012

Angola: Gulf of Guinea Country Members Urged to Fight Piracy - Foreign Minister

Luanda — The Angolan Foreign Affairs Minister, Georges Chicoti, urged on Tuesday in Luanda the state members to make efforts in order to fight piracy, whose roots are usually found on the sea.

The official said so during the opening act of the conference on peace and security in the Gulf of Guinea region.

The minister agrees with those ones that defend that the fighting against piracy must not be only focused on the striking the problem in the sea.

"In many cases, piracy and armed assaults on the sea are criminal demonstrations of economic difficulties and lack of opportunities, thus endangering the enforcement of law by the coastline countries ", he said.

To him, the adoption of a broader strategy must take into account political and socio-economic factors.

The conference gathers member countries of the Gulf of Guinea Commission (GGC) and it is discussing themes that permit to determine the state of peace and security in the region.

The commission is integrated by Angola, Nigeria, Cameroon, Equatorial Guinea, Sao Tome and Principe, Gabon, Congo and DR Congo.

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