United Nations: UN chief Ban Ki-moon has
appointed former French Culture Minister Jack Lang to be the
United Nations special advisory on piracy, according to
Washington`s envoy to the global body.
US ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice
yesterday welcomed the appointment in a statement to the
Security Council as it assessed the options for confronting
piracy, particularly off Somalia and the Horn of Africa where
the crimes have "taken on troubling modern form."
"The United States welcomes the secretary-general`s
appointment of Jack Lang as the UN Special Advisor on Piracy,"
"We look forward to working closely with him and
coordinating our efforts."
Lang is a member of parliament for France`s Socialist
party. Last year right-wing President Nicolas Sarkozy made him
a special envoy on North Korea, after sending him to Cuba to
help renew ties with Communist rulers there.
Unofficial figures show 2009 was the most prolific
year yet for Somali pirates, with more than 200 attacks --
including 68 successful hijackings -- and ransoms believed to
exceed USD 50 million in total.