"These facts have been known approximately since 2007. Then in such widely recognized centers of piracy as Garacad and Eyl the pirate money led to a real construction and consumption boom."
Unlike the central cities of Puntland the coastal settlements are going through the stage of decay, the report read. The authors of the report conclude that it is necessary to work out a program of social and economic aid to the coastal areas to make people abandon their criminal business. The British experts note that the use of force by the global community won’t help.
But economic incentives won’t help either until an elementary order is restored in Somalia, an expert at the Institute of Africa of the Russian Academy of Sciences Dmitry Bondarenko says:
"Piracy should be regarded in the context of the situation in Somalia as a whole. Only when the situation in the country is stabilized will it be possible to reduce the scale of piracy."
Mikhail Voitenko agrees that amid chaos it is too early to speak about economic incentives:
"Pirates are not some born criminals. While an average income of an average Somali citizen is $500 a year pirates can receive up to $70,000 a year, so it is clear there will be many candidates to do this job. It is useless to try to talk them out of it until there is order in the country."
Since 1991, the civil war has been on in Somalia. Since then the country has split into more than 10 regional units. The authorities of the regional centers profit from weapons sales and piracy. The actions of pirates who annually seize ships near the coast of Africa cause more than $10 billion damage to the global economy.
The UN has set up a special contact group to improve the international legislation to fight piracy. Russia, which is part of this group, has already proposed to set up a special International criminal court to try pirates, because current legal norms lack an adequate punishment for them.
Source: The Voice Of Russia