Kenya calls for enhanced international law to curb maritime insecurity

Tuesday, August 10th, 2021 13:16 |
President Uhuru Kenyatta. Photo/PD/PSCU

Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta on Monday called for the strengthening of the international legal regime and institutions as part of global efforts to end the challenge of maritime insecurity.

Kenyatta who spoke during the virtual United Nations Security Council (UNSC) debate on maritime security said that threats to maritime insecurity such as terrorism, piracy and robbery at sea are predominantly a factor of land-based instability.

"International cooperation should prioritize equipping and training effective national coast guards. A properly contextualized regional and sub-regional approach is the way to go," he said according to a statement released by the presidency in the coastal city of Mombasa.

The Kenyan leader appealed for the cessation of geopolitical rivalries saying tensions between nations were creating an environment that aids maritime insecurity.

Kenyatta proposed the establishment of secure maritime routes and economic zones by strengthening the potential of countries to resolve domestic and regional security challenges.

He reminded the UNSC that rising sea levels and extreme weather conditions occasioned by climate change threatens the existence of some small island states and coastal populations, saying the challenge requires urgent international attention.

"Therefore, successful global climate change adaptation and mitigation is key to the security of these states," Kenyatta said.

According to the president, Kenya will continue to champion for environmental friendly and sustainable utilization of blue economy resources.

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