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Resolution 460

Southern Rhodesia


Resolution 460 (1979) of 21 December 1979
The Security Council,

Recalling its resolutions 232 (1966) of 16 December 1966, 253 (1968) of 29 May 1968 and subsequent related
resolutions on the situation in Southern Rhodesia,
Reaffirming the provisions of General Assembly resolution 1514 (XV) of 14 December 1960,
Noting with satisfaction that the conference held at Lancaster House in London has produced agreement on the
Constitution for a free and independent Zimbabwe providing for genuine majority rule, on arrangements for bringing
that Constitution into effect and on a ceasefire,
Noting also that the Government of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, having resumed its
responsibility as the administering Power, is committed to decolonizing Southern Rhodesia on the basis of free and
democratic elections which will lead Southern Rhodesia to genuine independence acceptable to the international
community in accordance with the objectives of resolution 1514 (XV),
Deploring the loss of life, the waste and the suffering caused by the fourteen years of rebellion in Southern
Conscious of the need to take effective measures for the prevention and removal of all threats to international
peace and security in the region,
1. Reaffirms the inalienable right of the people of Zimbabwe to self-determination, freedom and independence, as
enshrined in the Charter of the United Nations and in conformity with the objectives of General Assembly resolution
1514 (XV);
2. Decides, having regard to the agreement reached at the Lancaster House conference, to call upon Member States
to terminate the measures taken against Southern Rhodesia under Chapter VII of the Charter pursuant to resolutions
232 (1966), 253 (1968) and subsequent related resolutions on the situation in Southern Rhodesia;
3. Further decides to dissolve the Committee established in pursuance of resolution 253 (1968) in accordance with
rule 28 of the provisional rules of procedure of the Security Council;
4. Commends Member States, particularly the frontline States, for their implementation of its resolutions
on sanctions against Southern Rhodesia in accordance with their obligation under Article 25 of the Charter;
5. Calls upon all Member States and the specialized agencies to provide urgent assistance to Southern Rhodesia and
the front-line States for reconstruction purposes and to facilitate the repatriation of all refugees or displaced
persons to Southern Rhodesia;
6. Calls for strict adherence to the agreements reached and for their full and faithful implementation by the
administering Power and all the parties concerned;
7. Calls upon the administering Power to ensure that no South African or other external forces, regular or
mercenary, will remain in or enter Southern Rhodesia, except those forces provided for under the Lancaster House
8. Requests the Secretary-General to assist in the implementation of paragraph 5 of the present resolution,
particularly in organizing with immediate effect all forms of financial, technical and material assistance to the
States concerned in order to enable them to overcome the economic and social difficulties facing them;
9. Decides to keep the situation in Southern Rhodesia under review until the Territory attains full independence.

Adopted at the 2181st meeting by 13 votes to none, with 2 abstentions (Czechoslovakia, Union of Soviet Socialist

South Africa, United Kingdom, Zimbabwe
Southern Rhodesia
Related with resolutions
232 253
Quoted in resolutions
Security Council Composition