CGPCSContact Group on Piracy off the Coast of Somalia (UN)
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Commends in this context the decision by the CGPCS to establish an International Trust Fund to support its initiatives and encourages donors to contribute to it;
The idea is to support the victims of piracy who return home traumatised and their families who go through a lot of agony when their family members are in captivity," said Maciej Popowski, Chairman of CGPCS, speaking to the press following the two day deliberation of the group in Dubai.
Working Group 1 of the CGPCS set up the Capacity-Building Coordination Group and developed an online capacity-building coordination platform for the coordination of judicial, penal, and maritime capacity-building activities in the Western Indian Ocean region.
As a voluntary international forum, CGPCS coordinates political, military, and NGO efforts toward this goal.
The membership of the CGPCS has grown to approximately 60 member
The CGPCS brings together Australia, Belgium, Britain, China, Denmark, Djibouti, Egypt, France, Germany, Greece, India, Italy, Japan, Kenya, South Korea, The Netherlands, Norway, Oman, Portugal, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Spain, Sweden, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, the United States, Yemen, the African Union, the European Union, the International Maritime Organization, NATO and the Arab League.
234) More information about CGPCS is available on the U.
The agreements were facilitated by the assistance of UNODC and the Chair of Working Group 2 of CGPCS.
Welcoming the strong cooperation within the Contact Group on Piracy off the Coast of Somalia (CGPCS) and through the CGPCS Trust Fund, the leaders also commended the ongoing naval and air counter-piracy operations off the coast of Somalia as "important short-term responses to deter and repress acts of piracy and as outstanding examples of Europe and Asia working together on an issue of common interest.
The CGPCS met in March and May 2009 to begin planning a series of
Shri Parrikar complimented the Indian Navy s continuous presence and pro-active focussed operations in deterring piracy attempts off the Gulf of Aden which resulted in the recent decision by CGPCS to shift the eastern limit of High Risk Area from 78 Degrees East to 65 Degrees East.