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Volume 705: debated on Monday 17 November 2008

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Whether they will make representations to the Government of the United States concerning the rescue of the Ukrainian freighter, loaded with armaments for Kenya, currently held by pirates off Somalia. [HL5676]

We share the concerns of the international community regarding the increase in piracy off the coast of Somalia. The US, as a close strategic partner and a fellow member of the Combined Task Force 150 multinational coalition, has kept us informed of progress and we hope for an early resolution to this issue.