US takes measures to deal with Somalia piracy incidents

The US renewed for one year the national emergency according to the International Emergency Economic Powers Act, to deal with the security situation and the persistence of violence in Somalia, as well as the acts of piracy and armed robbery at sea off the coast of Somalia.

 

Unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security and foreign policy of the United States constituted by the deterioration of the security situation and the persistence of violence in Somalia, acts of piracy and armed robbery at sea off the coast of Somalia — which have repeatedly been the subject of United Nations Security Council resolutions — and violations of the arms embargo imposed by the United Nations Security Council.

On 2012, the US took additional measures to address:

  • Exports of charcoal from Somalia, which generate significant revenue for al‑Shabaab;
  • The misappropriation of Somali public assets;
  • Certain acts of violence committed against civilians in Somalia, all of which worsen the security situation and the persistence of violence in Somalia.

According to the White House, the situation in Somalia threaten the US security and its foreign policy. For this reason, the national emergency declared on April 12, 2010, and the measures adopted on that date and on July 20, 2012, must continue beyond April 12, 2018.

Mr. Trump said:

In accordance with section 202(d) of the National Emergencies Act (50 U.S.C. 1622(d)), I am continuing for 1 year the national emergency declared in Executive Order 13536.

Source: Safety4Sea

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