United Nations Security Council Resolution 323

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Adopted by 13 votes to none, with 1 abstention (Union of Soviet Socialist Republics) by the Security Council at its 1682nd meeting, on 6 December 1972

The Security Council,

Recalling, its resolution 309 (1972) of 4 February 1972 and 319 (1972) of 1 August 1972, and without prejudice to other resolutions adoted on the question of Namibia,

Reaffirming the special responsibility and obligation of the United Nations towards the people and Territory of Namibia,

Recalling the advisory opinion of the International Court of Justice of 21 June 1971,

Reaffirming the inalienable and impresciptible right of the people of Namibia to self-determination and independence,

Affirming that the principle of the national unity and territorial integrity of Namibia cannot be subject to any conditions,

Having considered the report submitted by the Secretary-General in accordance with resolution 319 (1972),

1. Observes with satisfation that the people of Namibia have again had an opportunity of expressing their aspirations clearly and unequivocally, in their own Territory, to representatives of the United Nations;

2. Notes with interest that the overwhelming majority of the opinions of those consulted by the representative of the Secretary-General categorically states, inner alia that they were in favour of the immediate abolition of the "homelands" policy, withdrawal of the South African administration from the Territory, Namibia's accession to national indepdence and the preservation of its territorial integrity, thus further confirming the consistently held position of the United Nations on this question;

3. Deeply regrets that there has been no complete and unequivocal clarification of the policy of the Government of South Africa regarding self-determination and indepdence for Namibia;

4. Solemnly reaffirms the inalienable and impresciptible right of the people of Namibia to self-determination, national indepdence and the preservation of their territorial integrity, on which and solution for Namibia must be based, and rejects any interpretation, measure or policy to the contrary;

5. Invites the Secretary-General, on the basis of paragraph 4 above, to continue his valuable efforts, in consultation and close co-operation with the group of the Security Council established in accordance with resolution 309 (1972) and, as appropriate, with the assistance of representatives, to ensure that the people of Namibia, freely and with strict regard to the principle of human equality, exercise their right to self-determination and idepdence, in accordance with the Charter of the United Nations;

6. Again calls upon the Government of South Africa to co-operate fully with the Secretary-General in the implementation of the present resolution in order to bring about a peaceful transfer of power in Namibia;

7. Requests the other parties concerned to continue to extend their valuable co-operation to the Secretary-General with a view to assisting him in the implementation of the present resolution;

8. Decides that, immediately following the partial renewal of the membership of the Security Council on 1 January 1973, the Council shall appoint representatives to fill the vacancies that will occur in the group established in accodance with resolution 309 (1972);

9. Requests the Secretary-General to report to the Security Council on the implementation of the present resolution as soon as possible and not later than 30 April 1973.

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