Strong measures needed to deal with piracy: Defence Ministry
Not ruling out "strong measures" to deal with Somali pirates, the Defence Ministry Wednesday said all steps would be taken to safeguard the ships transiting in piracy-hit areas of Indian Ocean region.
New Delhi: Not ruling out "strong
measures" to deal with Somali pirates, the Defence Ministry
Wednesday said all steps would be taken to safeguard the ships
transiting in piracy-hit areas of Indian Ocean region.
"I think as a deterrent that is one thing (military
option) we have to definitely consider. We also have to take
some strong measures, to make sure that these incidents are
not repeated," Minister of State for Defence M M Pallam Raju
He was talking to media persons after inaugurating a
day-long seminar on `Self Reliance in Defence and Security
Markets through Innovation and Indigenisation`, organised by
Indian Chambers of Commerce (ICC).
On likely solutions against piracy, Raju said, "Along
with safeguarding the passage of ships, we have to work on a
long term solution in containing piracy and making the sea
lanes of communication safer."
"We also have to keep in view that the international
community has a responsibility in trying to find a solution to
original root of the problem which is the instability in
Somalia," he said.
Stressing the need for an effective solution to deal
with the problem of pirates, Raju said, "As government we are
conscious about the safety of the hostages. At the same time
we have to look at the most effective way to deal with the
Applauding the Indian Navy`s efforts in the region, he
stressed upon the need for preventive measures to safeguard
the merchant vessels sailing in the area.
"I think Indian Navy is very effectively deployed
there making sure the safe passage of the ships transiting in
that area. We have also allowed them to take preventive action
against the pirates trying to board those ships."
On the fate of Indians held hostage by the Somali
pirates, Raju said, "The External Affairs Minister has already
said that we will do all we can to safeguard the lives of the
Indian held hostage by the pirates."
Indian Navy deployed a Talwar class destroyer off the
Somali coast last week when the pirates refused to release the
Indian hostages after their ransom demanded was met.
On the controversy surrounding the age of Chief of
Army Staff (COAS) General V K Singh, the Minister said, "I
would not want to comment on that. I think that is being
looked at in by the Ministry."