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Resolution 320

Southern Rhodesia


Resolution 320 (1972) of 29 September 1972
The Security Council,

Recalling its resolution 253 (1968) of 29 May 1968 and subsequent resolutions in which all States are required to
implement and make effective the economic, political and other sanctions against Southern Rhodesia (Zimbabwe)
decided upon by the Council in furtherance of the objective of ending the rebellion in that territory,
Taking into account its resolutions 314 (1972) of 28 February 1972 and 318 (1972) of 28 July 1972 concerning
the co-operation and obligations of States
and the measures necessary to ensure the scrupulous observance and strict implementation of sanctions,
Deeply concerned that, despite their obligations under Article 25 of the Charter of the United Nations, several
States continue to violate sanctions covertly and overtly in contravention of the provisions of resolution 253
Gravely concerned about the detrimental consequences which violations could cause to the effectiveness of
sanctions and, in the wider sense, to the authority of the Council,
Deeply concerned by the report of the United States of America that it has authorized the importation of chrome
ore and other minerals from Southern Rhodesia (Zimbabwe),
Condemning the refusal of South Africa and Portugal to co-operate with the United Nations in the observance and
implementation of sanctions against Southern Rhodesia (Zimbabwe),
1. Reaffirms its decision that sanctions against Southern Rhodesia (Zimbabwe) shall remain fully in force until
the aims and objectives set out in resolution 253 (1968) are completely achieved;
2. Calls upon all States to implement fully all Security Council resolutions establishing sanctions against
Southern Rhodesia (Zimbabwe), in accordance with Article 25 and Article 2, paragraph 6, of the Charter of the
United Nations;
3. Urges the United States of America to co-operate fully with the United Nations in the effective implementation
of sanctions;
4. Requests the Security Council Committee established in pursuance of resolution 253 (1968) concerning the
question of Southern Rhodesia to undertake, as a matter of urgency, consideration of the type of action which
could be taken in view of the open and persistent refusal of South Africa and Portugal to implement sanctions
against the illegal regime in Southern Rhodesia (Zimbabwe) and to report to the Council not later than 31 January
5. Further requests the Committee to examine and submit a report to the Security Council not later than 31 January
1973 on all proposals and suggestions made at the 1663rd to 1666th meetings of the Council for extending the
scope and improving the effectiveness of sanctions against Southern Rhodesia (Zimbabwe).

Adopted at the 1666th meeting by 13 votes to none, with 2 abstentions (United Kingdom of Great Britain and
Northern Ireland, United States of America).

United Kingdom, Zimbabwe
Southern Rhodesia
Related with resolutions
253 314 318
Quoted in resolutions
326 328 333
Security Council Composition