Somalia plea for piracy help

It follows an attack last weekend on a US cruise ship as it passed the lawless country in the Horn of Africa.

The UN Ambassador to Somalia, Elmi Ahmed Duale, has urged the UN Security Council to ease an arms embargo on the country.

Mr Duale said he hopes that such measures will allow neighbouring countries and the African Union to help Somalia train a police force.

“Without this, the government has no way to face the warlords, he said.

“We feel we have been neglected by the international community,” Mr Duale told journalists at UN headquarters.

Indian Ocean waters off the Somali coast are described as among the most dangerous in the world.

The International Maritime Bureau said it knew of 27 attacks in those waters since March, including raids on World Food Program ships delivering aid.

Only one occurred last year.

Somalia does not have a navy, which makes patrolling its coastline more difficult.

“The Somali problem is no longer a Somali problem, it is a problem of the international community,” Deputy UN Ambassador Idd Beddel Mohamed said, noting that the United States, France and Germany have forces based in neighbouring Djibouti.

Passengers arrive in Kenya

The passengers abroad a cruise ship attacked by pirates in Somalia last weekend have arrived safe and well in Kenya and Singapore.

Only one of the 460 passengers onboard was injured when luxury liner the Seabourn Spirit was hijacked by heavily armed attackers on a small boat.

Passengers waiting for flights to both countries described the shock of the attack.

“There was shouting onboard the ship. We hard a bang, and I said to my husband ‘ look out the window because it could be a terrorist’,” said Helina Wisthofen, a German passenger.