G8 Declaration Commits to Maritime Security Capacity Building for Horn of AfricaAug 5, 2010 12:00 AM
In the second part of the Annex, "Maritime Security Capacity," the G8 leaders reaffirmed their commitment to fight piracy off the coast of Somalia and expressed concern over "its spread to nearby waters." G8 members will continue to assist those littoral states and regional organizations in building capacity "in areas such as maritime governance, patrol aviation, coast guards, fisheries enforcement, and maritime intelligence sharing and fusion, as well as legislative, prosecutorial and correctional" functions. The goals are to better secure coastlines and to better prosecute pirates. In addition, however, G8 leaders believe these efforts will "help counter the growing links between criminal and terror networks that undermine the stability and governance of many states in Latin America, the Caribbean and Africa."
Additional concerns about the continuing terrorist threat and about "the threat of growing links between terrorists, other criminals and insurgents, and the increasing ties between drug trafficking organizations," resulted in the G8 leader issuing a separate statement on countering terrorism.
1 The Group of Eight includes Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Russia, the United Kingdom, and the United States. The leaders of these countries meet in summit format as the G8 once a year. In addition, the European Union participates with Observer status.