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UN seeks fight against Somali pirates

A proposed new UN resolution calls on all countries with a stake in maritime safety to send naval ships and military aircraft to fight piracy on the high seas off the coast of Somalia.

world Updated: Oct 04, 2008 00:06 IST

A proposed new UN resolution calls on all countries with a stake in maritime safety to send naval ships and military aircraft to fight piracy on the high seas off the coast of Somalia, according to a draft obtained by The Associated Press.

The draft Security Council resolution would also call on ships and planes to use “the necessary means” to stop acts of piracy. It was drafted under Chapter VII of the UN Charter, which means its provisions can be enforced militarily.

The French-drafted resolution was expected to be put to a vote in the Security Council early next week, council diplomats said, speaking on condition of anonymity because discussions are taking place in private.