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Taiwan contributes to fund to aid piracy survivors

Taiwan contributes to fund to aid piracy survivors

Brussels, Oct. 21 (CNA) Taiwan signed a memorandum of understanding Wednesday with the United Kingdom-based International Seafarers' Welfare and Assistance Networks' Maritime Piracy Humanitarian Response Programme (MPHRP), under which Taiwan will donate US$30,000 to the Piracy Survivor Family Fund. The memorandum was inked by Tung Kuo-yu (???), Taiwan's representative to the European Union and Belgium, and MPHRP Programme Manager Tom Holmer at the Taipei Representative Office in the EU and Belgium. The fund was established by the United Nations Contact Group on Piracy off the Coast of Somalia (CGPCS) to support piracy survivors and their families. It is administered by MPHRP on behalf of CGPCS. Tung noted that Taiwan began anti-piracy cooperation with the EU five years ago, when a Taiwanese fishing vessel was hijacked by pirates in Somali waters. Taiwan greatly appreciates the assistance provided by the international community at that time and is now trying to give back, Tung said. In addition to the donation to the Piracy Survivor Family Fund, Taiwan donated to Oceans Beyond Piracy (OBP) in September to provide for the establishment of five maritime security centers aimed at increasing maritime safety along the Somali coast, he noted. Also Wednesday, Charles Tannock, honorary chairman of the European Parliament-Taiwan Friendship Group, hosted a ceremony in the European Parliament, in which representatives of OBP and MPHRP each presented a certificate of appreciation to Tung for the donations. Tannock said that he welcomes and appreciates efforts by Taiwan, the EU and the European Parliament to jointly fight piracy. Such cooperation will help promote friendship between Taiwan and the European Parliament, he said. (By Leaf Chiang and Y.F. Low)


Updated : 2021-09-26 18:41 GMT+08:00