Lankan naval expert seeks holistic approach to piracy

A former Sri Lankan navy chief who is now an academic, Admiral Dr. Jayanath Colombage, has said that the seizure of an oil tanker by Somali pirates in the Horn of Africa on March 13 after a gap of five years, shows that there is an urgent need for a holistic approach to piracy which should include political, economic, military, administrative, legal and financial components.
The pirates had seized the bunkering tanker Aris 13 while it was sailing from Djibouti to Mogadishu. Flying the Comoros flag, the 1188 ton vessel was owned by a company based in Fujairah in the UAE, but the eight-man crew was entirely Sri Lankan. Hence the great concern in Sri Lanka over the incident.
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