118 (1956). Resolution of 13 October 1956
The Security Council,
Noting the declarations made before it and the accounts of the development of the exploratory conversations on
the Suez question given by the Secretary-General of the United Nations and the Foreign Ministers of Egypt, France
and the United Kingdom.
Agrees that any settlement of the Suez question should meet the following requirements:
(1) There should be free and open transit through the Canal without discrimination, overt or covert — this covers
both political and technical aspects;
(2) The sovereignty of Egypt should be respected;
(3) The operation of the Canal should be insulated from the politics of any country;
(4) The manner of fixing tolls and charges should be decided by agreement between Egypt and the users;
(5) A fair proportion of the dues should be allotted to development;
(6) In case of disputes, unresolved affairs between the Suez Canal Company and the Egyptian Government should be
settled by arbitration with suitable terms of reference and suitable provisions for the payment of sums found to
Adopted unanimously at the 743rd meeting.