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$340,000 Australian contribution to anti-piracy program



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MINISTER FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS

Jj i j A U S T R ^ A ^

NEWS RELEASE

; DSteAugust 1984

$340,000 AUSTRALIAN CONTRIBUTION TO ANTI-PIRACY PROGRAM

The Minister for Foreign A ffa irs , Mr B ill Hayden MP,

announced today in Geneva that Australia would contribute $340,000

to the appeal by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees

for funds for an anti-piracy program during 1984 in the Gulf of Thailand.

The $US3.66 m illion program w ill be administered by the Thai

Government. I t w ill reinforce previous efforts to prevent piracy

attacks on refugee and other boats in the area. Mr Hayden said that

Australia was very concerned about the piracy problem. He said that

the human misery which was in flic te d on the boat refugees drove home

to Australians that piracy at sea was a problem of very large dimensions

which the international community should actively seek to resolve.

Mr Hayden expressed his appreciation for the willingness of

the Thai Government to administer the anti-piracy program and noted the

. past assistance of Thailand in undertaking measures to combat acts of

piracy within Thai t e r r it o r ia l waters.