Expressing deep concern over the increasing instances of piracy off the coast of Somalia, a US-circulated draft resolution in the UN Security Council has called upon countries having naval capacities to deploy their vessels and aircrafts to fight actively against piracy in the region. The draft resolution issued on Thursday, which welcomes the initiatives of the European Union, North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) and other countries to counter piracy off the coast of Somalia, is expected to come to vote before the 15-member Security Council next week. "It (draft resolution) calls on the secretary-general to look at a long-term solution to escorting the safe passage of World Food Programme ships," US Alternate Representative for Security Council Affairs Rosemary DiCarlo told reporters. The increasing instances of piracy off the Somali coast dominated Thursday's proceedings at the Security Council, which devoted its morning session to a discussion on the situation in the African nation. Italian Deputy Ambassador Aldo Mantovani said a multinational force should either be established within a clear time frame or other options should be considered. South African Ambassador Dumisani S. Kumalo argued that the problem of piracy could not resolved until the entire situation in Somalia is addressed. Observing that security at the sea was deteriorating, British Ambassador Sir John Sawers said the mandate for naval operations should also be addressed by the Security Council in order to provide the necessary means to effectively address the piracy problem. The International Maritime Organisation (IMO) estimates that this year alone as many as 120 attacks have been reported off the coast of Somalia, resulting in 35 ships being seized by pirates and more than 600 seafarers having been kidnapped and held for ransom. At present, 14 ships and 280 seafarers are being held hostage in Somalia, the IMO said. With the international community, including India, which has deployed naval ships in the region, taking the increasing instances of piracy very seriously and having begun taking action against the armed robbers, the US-moved draft resolution urges countries and organisations to seize and dispose of boats, vessels, arms and other related equipment of the pirates. If passed by the Security Council, the resolution would allow countries and organisations to enter into the territorial waters of Somalia for the purpose of repressing piracy and armed robbery at sea. It also calls upon member states to coordinate among themselves on this issue. Earlier, talking to reporters outside the Security Council after meeting UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, visiting German Foreign Minister Franz Josef Jung said there was a need for a clear cut operational plan and rules of engagement to fight the menace of piracy off the coast of Somalia.