Headline says: UN, West Responsible for Piracy - Islamists
A rising surge in pirate attacks along Somalia's east African coast is primarily rooted in the policies of the United Nations and Western countries, an Islamist spokesman said Friday.The devil makes them do it and Mussolini made the trains run on time - but at a price.
Mohamud Sheikh Ibrahim Suley, spokesman for the Islamic Courts, told Mogadishu media via a teleconference that a recent UN resolution targeting Somali pirates had "taken the wrong route."
"This decision is backed by Western nations whose agenda is to steal Somalia's land and sea resources," Suley said, while referring to UN Security Council Resolution 1816 that effectively authorized foreign countries to use "all necessary means" to combat piracy along the Somali coast.
The Islamists' spokesman blamed the UN and unnamed countries in the West for allegedly "strengthening piracy," saying: "As the Islamic Courts fought against piracy, the UN allowed an [Ethiopian] attack against the Courts' administration, which was known for restoring peace in Somalia."
During the Islamic Courts reign in south-central Somalia, between June and December 2006, piracy hit an all-time low along the Horn of Africa country's coastline.