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Resolution 527

Lesotho-South Africa


Resolution 527 (1982) of 15 December 1982
The Security Council,

Taking note of the letter dated 9 December 1982 from the Chargé d'affaires a.i. of the Permanent Mission of the
Kingdom of Lesotho to the United Nations addressed to the President of the Security Council,
Having heard the statement by His Majesty King Moshoeshoe II of the Kingdom of Lesotho,
Bearing in mind that all Member States must refrain in their international relations from the threat or use of
force against the territorial integrity or political independence of any State, or in any other manner inconsistent with the purposes of the United Nations,
Gravely concerned at the recent premeditated aggressive act by South Africa, in violation of the sovereignty,
and territorial integrity of the Kingdom of Lesotho, and its consequences for peace and security in southern
Gravely concerned that this wanton aggressive act by South Africa is aimed at weakening the humanitarian support
given by Lesotho to South African refugees.
Deeply concerned about the gravity of the aggressive acts of South Africa against Lesotho,
Grieved at the tragic loss in human life and concerned about the damage and destruction of property resulting from
the aggressive act by South Africa against the Kingdom of Lesotho,
1. Strongly condemns the apartheid regime of South Africa for its premeditated aggressive act against the Kingdom
of Lesotho which constitutes a flagrant violation of the sovereignty and territorial integrity of that country;
2. Demands the payment by South Africa of full and adequate compensation to the Kingdom of Lesotho for the damage
to life and property resulting from this aggressive act;
3. Reaffirms the right of Lesotho to receive and give sanctuary to the victims of apartheid in accordance with
its traditional practice, humanitarian principles and its inter national obligations;
4. Requests the Secretary-General to enter into immediate consultations with the Government of Lesotho and agencies
of the United Nations to ensure the welfare of the refugees in Lesotho in a manner consistent with their security;
5. Requests Member States urgently to extend all necessary economic assistance to Lesotho in order to strengthen
its capacity to receive and maintain South African refugees:
6. Declares that there are peaceful means to resolve international problems and that, in accordance with the
Charter of the United Nations, only these should be employed;
7. Calls upon South Africa to declare publicly that it will, in the future, comply with provisions of the Charter
and that it will not commit aggressive acts against Lesotho either directly or through its proxies;
8. Requests the Secretary-General to monitor the implementation of the present resolution and to report regularly
to the Security Council as the situation demands;
9. Decides to remain seized of the matter.

Adopted unanimously at the 2407th meeting.

South Africa, Lesotho
Lesotho-South Africa
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