(ANSAmed) - NICOSIA, APRIL 23 - A draft anti-piracy Bill adopted on Friday by the Cyprus' Cabinet creates new standards in combating piracy incidents against Cypriot vessels, by providing for armed escorts. The Minister of Communications and Works Efthymios Flourentzos, while speaking to Cyprus News Agency, said the Bill was ''pioneering and important'', noting that its approval by the Cabinet and its consequent adoption by the House of Representatives will turn Cyprus into ''a pioneer on a global scale'' on the matter. The Cyprus Shipping Chamber welcomed from its part the adoption of the Bill, noting that it may provide an answer to the ''gangrene'' of the phenomenon of Piracy. Flourentzou said to CNA that the Bill regulates the provision of armed escorts to Cyprus-flagged vessels, by specially trained and certified guards. Asked on the way past concerns on behalf of the maritime administration were surmounted, the Minister said that the obstacles and concerns were overcome following a long and coordinated work of all parties involved. All parties addressed the draft Bill by taking into account the international context and with an aim to strengthen Cypriot shipping, the Minister added. He also disclosed that many ship owners were discussing the problem, exerting pressure in favor of a solution, due to piracy-related problems in the area of Somalia and the Gulf of Aden. (ANSAmed).