Dear SOS supporter,
The Head of UK Government echoing phrases from the SOS campaign on national TV in the context of global affairs, and referring to his government’s campaign against piracy, is great to hear. In fact the PM’s comments on the UK allowing armed guards on UK-flagged ships have reverberated round the UK media all day.
Henry Bellingham, the relevant UK minister, addressed the industry a few weeks ago in London and specifically referred to his support for the SOS campaign.
“The extent of hijack and ransom on ships round the Horn of Africa is a complete stain on our world” says UK prime minister David Cameron on BBC 2 TV (Andrew Marr show) this morning. “The fact that a bunch of pirates in Somalia are managing to hold to ransom the rest of the world and our trading system is a complete insult,” he continued.
The UK will now allow armed guards on all UK-flagged ships, said Cameron, adding that pirates should be tried and imprisoned instead of being let loose – he referred to support from the Seychelles and Mauritius in this respect. “It’s a big step-up for our campaign against piracy” he added.
“I want to make sure that more of these pirates face justice,” he continued, adding that this will be instead of being set free in the way that they are now. “They shouldn’t be set free in the ludicrous way they are now.”
He concluded: “The rest of the world needs to come together with much more vigour. I want to help lead this process.”
Here is BBC news article this morning
The SOS Campaign