Vote on Maritime piracy:
- extracts from the vote on the motion resolution
Lieu: Brussels, Belgium - EP
End production: 10/05/2012 First transmission: 10/05/2012
MEPs say the fight against piracy off the east-African coast cannot be won by military means alone. In a resolution adopted on Thursday, by 434 votes to 100, with five abstentions, they urge member states to strengthen the EU naval protection force and finance efforts to tackle the causes of piracy. They also call for special courts for pirates.
The EU and NATO should coordinate better to meet the growing threat to international vessels from piracy and armed robbery at sea, particularly off the coast of Somalia and the Horn of Africa. MEPs deplore the fact that EU countries cut the number of EU NAVFOR vessels from eight to only two or three at the start of 2012 and demand "more naval assets to enable the ATALANTA operation to succeed".
Parliament also calls on the High Representative and member states to urgently find ways of liberating the 191 seafarers currently being held hostage and to secure the release of the seven hijacked vessels. They remind regional authorities that "no arrest or detention of a ship may be ordered by any authorities other than those of the flag state."
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||Exterior shot of the EP, Brussels
||EP Vice-President Gianni PITELLA opens the vote on the motion for resolution on Maritime piracy, ambience shots from the vote
||Digital scren with result: 434 votes in favour, 100 against, 5 abstentions.