International effort must to tackle piracy: Antony

Defence Minister AK Antony said it will `not be easy` to tackle piracy without an international effort under the UN.

Updated: Jun 27, 2011, 17:59 PM IST

New Delhi: Calling for an international
effort under the United Nations to tackle piracy, Defence
Minister AK Antony on Monday said it will "not be easy" to defeat
the menace without such an arrangement.

"Unless there is a combined effort by United Nations,
it will not be easy to defeat this threat of piracy," he told
reporters on the sidelines of an ex-servicemen function.

Antony said the situation in Somalia also needed to be
tackled to prevent these incidents from taking place.

The Minister said even though all the major navies of
the world including those of the US, UK, France, China and
Russia were involved, without such an international effort, it
will be difficult to tackle the issue.

Antony said after being pressurised by the
international forces, Somali pirates are moving towards India.

"In the last 12 months, there have been more than a
dozen attempts by the pirates mostly around the Lakshadweep
area after which the Navy and the Coast guard have
strengthened their presence and increased surveillance there,"
he said.