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UN Resolution 733

Adopted by the Security Council at its 3039th meeting, on 23 January 1992

The Security Council

Considering the request by Somalia for the Security Council to consider
the situation in Somalia (S/23445),

Having heard the report of the Secretary-General on the situation in
Somalia and commending the initiative taken by him in the humanitarian field,

Gravely alarmed at the rapid deterioration of the situation in Somalia
and the heavy loss of human life and widespread material damage resulting from
the conflict in the country and aware of its consequences on the stability and
peace in the region,

Concerned that the continuation of this situation constitutes, as stated
in the report of the Secretary-General, a threat to international peace and

Recalling its primary responsibility under the Charter of the
United Nations for the maintenance of international peace and security,

Recalling also the provisions of Chapter VIII of the Charter of the
United Nations,

Expressing its appreciation to the international and regional
organizations that have provided assistance to the populations affected by the
conflict and deploring that personnel of these organizations have lost their
lives in the exercise of their humanitarian task,

Taking note of the appeals addressed to the parties by the Chairman of
the Organization of the Islamic Conference on 16 December 1991, the
Secretary-General of the Organization of African Unity on 18 December 1991,
and the League of Arab States on 5 January 1992 (S/23448),

1. Takes note of the report of the Secretary-General on the situation
in Somalia, and expresses its concern with the situation prevailing in that

2. Requests the Secretary-General immediately to undertake the
necessary actions to increase humanitarian assistance of the United Nations
and its specialized agencies to the affected population in all parts of
Somalia in liaison with the other international humanitarian organizations and
to this end to appoint a coordinator to oversee the effective delivery of this

3. Requests the Secretary-General of the United Nations, in cooperation
with the Secretary-General of the Organization of African Unity and the
Secretary-General of the League of Arab States, immediately to contact all
parties involved in the conflict, to seek their commitment to the cessation of
hostilities to permit the humanitarian assistance to be distributed, to
promote a cease-fire and compliance therewith, and to assist in the process of
a political settlement of the conflict in Somalia;

4. Strongly urges all parties to the conflict immediately to cease
hostilities and agree to a cease-fire and to promote the process of
reconciliation and of political settlement in Somalia;

5. Decides, under Chapter VII of the Charter of the United Nations,
that all States shall, for the purposes of establishing peace and stability in
Somalia, immediately implement a general and complete embargo on all
deliveries of weapons and military equipment to Somalia until the
Security Council decides otherwise;

6. Calls on all States to refrain from any action which might
contribute to increasing tension and to impeding or delaying a peaceful and
negotiated outcome to the conflict in Somalia, which would permit all Somalis
to decide upon and to construct their future in peace;

7. Calls upon all parties to cooperate with the Secretary-General to
this end and to facilitate the delivery by the United Nations, its specialized
agencies and other humanitarian organizations of humanitarian assistance to
all those in need of it under the supervision of the coordinator;

8. Urges all parties to take all the necessary measures to ensure the
safety of personnel sent to provide humanitarian assistance, to assist them in
their tasks and to ensure full respect for the rules and principles of
international law regarding the protection of civilian populations;

9. Calls upon all States and international organizations to contribute
to the efforts of humanitarian assistance to the population in Somalia;

10. Requests the Secretary-General to report to the Security Council as
soon as possible on this matter;

11. Decides to remain seized of the matter until a peaceful solution is