Interpol and Europol are to join forces and fight the scourge of piracy in international waters, along the coast of Somalia and the Gulf of Aden in particular, Interpol said in a statement on its website on November 24.
A new UN Security Council resolution has called for the assistance of all 192 member countries to work with Interpol and Europol, hailing it as "an important step forward" by both organisations.
All member countries of the two organisations are to poll their resources together and further investigate international criminal networks involved in piracy off the coast of Somalia.
The resolution has branded maritime piracy as an international organised crime, this a problem requiring a collaborative approach, Interpol Secretary General Ronald K. Noble said.
Noble said that the international law enforcement organisations provided the capacity and the critical link between arrests made through military interventions and the investigation and prosecution of maritime pirates and associated criminal networks.
"Interpol has long asserted that maritime piracy is a classic transnational crime problem which may occur on the high seas but is part of a wider global network where organised criminals target victims, take them hostage and extort ransoms, leaving a money trail for law enforcement to follow and investigate," said Noble.
"A multi-faceted approach that pools resources and forges strategic partnerships is key to bringing about change and deliver better resources to address this problem, and in this respect, Interpol's strong partnership with Europol, as highlighted in the UN resolution, will be crucial to addressing maritime piracy off Somalia," he added.
Source: The Sofia Echo