United Nations Security Council Resolution 311

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United Nations Security Council Resolution 311
by the United Nations

Adopted by 14 votes to none, with 1 abstention (France) by the Security Council at its 1639th meeting, on 4 February 1972

The Security Council,

Noting with grave concern the aggravation of the situation in South Africa resulting from the continued intesification and expansion of the policies of apartheid and repression by the Government of South Africa,

Having heard the statements of those individuals invited to address the Council on this question,

Taking note of the statement of the representative of the Special Committee of Apartheid,

Deploring the persistent refusal of the Government of South Africa to implement the resolutions adopted by the Security Council in order to promote a peaceful solution in accordance with the Charter of the United Nations,

Gravely concerned that the situation in South Africa seriously disturbs international peace and security in southern Africa,

Noting the continued military build-up and strengthening of its military capability by the Government of South Africa,

Convinced that urgent measures must be taken by the Security Council to secure implementation of its resolutions and thereby promote a solution to the grave situation in South Africa and southern Africa,

1. Condemns the Government of South Africa for continueing its policies of apartheid in violation of its obligations under the Charter of the United Nations;

2. Reiterates its total opposition to the policies of apartheid of the Government of South Africa;

3. Recognizes the legitimacy of the stuggle of the oppressed people of South Africa in pursuance of their human and political rights, as set forth in the Charter and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights;

4. Urgently calls upon the Government of South Africa to release all persons imprisonned, interned or subjected to other restrictions as a result of the policies of apartheid;

5. Calls upon all States to observe stictly the arms embargo against South Africa;

6. Urges Governments and individuals to contribute generously and regularly to the United Nations funds which are used for humanitarian and training purposes to assist the victims of apartheid;

7. Commends the inter-governmental organizations, non-governmental organizations and individuals for assisting in the education and training of South Africans and urges those who do not to begin and those who do to expand their efforts in this field;

8.Decides, as a matter of urgency, to examine methods of resolving the present situation arising out out of the policies of apartheid of the Government of South Africa.


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