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IMO pledges to assist in implementation of West and Central Africa piracy code

Adopted at Ministerial meeting IMO has pledged its support to assist in the implementation of a new Code of Conduct concerning the prevention and repression of piracy, armed robbery against ships and illicit maritime activity in west and central Africa, which has been adopted at a Ministerial meeting in Cotonou, Benin.The Code is expected to be opened for signature at the meeting of the Heads of State and Government of Central and West African States, expected to be held in Yaoundé, Cameroon, in May 2013. Welcoming the adoption of the Code, IMO Secretary-General Koji Sekimizu said that IMO was ready to support the countries in the region in its implementation."IMO has been working for a number of years with international development partners on a number of activities aimed at enhancing the ability of individual States in the region, and the wider sub-region, to build a sustainable maritime capacity and we look forward to continuing to work with them to support the implementation of this Code and to work together to repress piracy, armed robbery against ships and other illicit maritime activity off the coasts of west and central Africa," Mr. Sekimizu said. "We look forward to continuing to work with ...

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US wants legally binding code of conduct in West Philippine Sea row

A code of conduct would help ease tensions in the area The United States on Tuesday renewed its call for the crafting of a legally-binding code of conduct in the disputed West Philippine Sea (also called South China Sea) amid the ongoing naval standoff between the Philippines and China at the Panatag (Scarborough) Shoal.Joseph Yousang Yun, State Department Principal Deputy Assistant on Security for East Asia and the Pacific, said this was conveyed by the US to senior officials of Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) in Manila as both sides discussed wide-raging bilateral and regional issues that included maritime security and the West Philippine Sea.A code of conduct among Asian nations with overlapping claims to the resource-rich sea, Yun said, would help ease tensions in the area."As far as the US is concerned, we stated that we very much look forward to ASEAN and China working on the code of conduct which I think will be helpful for everyone," Yun, Washington's representative to the 25th ASEAN-US Dialogue, told reporters.Yun said the impasse between the Philippines and China at Panatag Shoal was not discussed in the meeting but noted that both sides hoped for a peaceful resolution to any ...

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