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Resolution 276

The Situation in Namibia


Resolution 276 (1970) of 30 January 1970
The Security Council,

Reaffirming the inalienable right of the people of Namibia to freedom and independence recognized in General
Assembly resolution 1514 (XV) of 14 December 1960,
Reaffirming General Assembly resolution 2145 (XXI) of 27 October 1966, by which the United Nations decided that
the Mandate for South West Africa was terminated and assumed direct responsibility for the Territory until its
Reaffirming Security Council resolution 264 (1969) of 20 March 1969 in which the Council recognized the termination
of the Mandate and called upon the Government of South Africa to withdraw immediately its administration from the
Reaffirming that the extension and enforcement of South African laws in the Territory together with the continued
detentions, trials and subsequent sentencing of Namibians by the Government of South Africa constitute illegal
acts and flagrant violations of the rights of the Namibians concerned, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights
and the international status of the Territory, now under direct United Nations responsibility,
Recalling Security Council resolution 269 (1969) of 12 August 1969,
1. Strongly condemns the refusal of the Government of South Africa to comply with the resolutions of the General
Assembly and Security Council pertaining to Namibia;
2. Declares that the continued presence of the South African authorities in Namibia is illegal and that
consequently all acta taken by the Government of South Africa on behalf of or concerning Namibia after the
termination of the Mandate are illegal and invalid;
3. Declares further that the defiant attitude of the Government of South Africa towards the Council's decisions
undermines the authority of the United Nations;
4. Considers that the continued occupation of Namibia by the Government of South Africa in defiance of the
relevant United Nations resolutions and of the Charter of the United Nations has grave consequences for the rights
and interests of the people of Namibia;
5. Calls upon all States, particularly those which have economic and other interests in Namibia, to refrain from
any dealings with the Government of South Africa which are inconsistent with paragraph 2 of the present resolution;
6. Decides to establish, in accordance with rule 28 of its provisional rules of procedure, an Ad Hoc Sub-Committee
of the Council to study, in consultation with the Secretary-General, ways and means by which the relevant
resolutions of the Council, including the present resolution, can be effectively implemented in accordance with
the appropriate provisions of the Charter, in the light of the flagrant refusal of South Africa to withdraw from
Namibia, and to submit its recommendations by 30 April 1970;
7. Requests all States, as well as the specialized agencies and other relevant organs of the United Nations, to
give the Sub-Committee all the information and other assistance it may require in pursuance of the present
8. Further requests the Secretary-General to give every assistance to the Sub-Committee in the performance of its
9. Decides to resume consideration of the question of Namibia as soon as the recommendations of the Sub-Committee
have been made available.

Adopted at the 1529th meeting by 13 votes to none, with 2 abstentions (Prance, United Kingdom of Great Britain
and Northern Ireland).

Namibia, South Africa
The Situation in Namibia
Related with resolutions
264 269
Quoted in resolutions
283 284 301 366 385 566 601
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