United Nations Security Council Resolution 1004

United Nations Security Council resolution 1004, adopted unanimously on 12 July 1995, after recalling all resolutions on the situation in the former Yugoslavia, the council, acting under Chapter VII of the United Nations Charter, demanded that Bosnian Serb forces withdraw from the safe area of Srebrenica in Bosnia and Herzegovina and respect the safety of personnel from the United Nations Protection Force (UNPROFOR). The resolution was passed during the Srebrenica massacre.[1]

UN Security Council
Resolution 1004
Memorial gravestones at Srebrenica
Date12 July 1995
Meeting no.3,553
CodeS/RES/1004 (Document)
SubjectBosnia and Herzegovina
Voting summary
  • 15 voted for
  • None voted against
  • None abstained
Security Council composition
Permanent members
Non-permanent members
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After reaffirming the sovereignty, territorial integrity and independence of Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Security Council expressed deep concern at the situation in Srebrenica and for the civilian population there. The situation proved challenging for UNPROFOR, particularly as there were many displaced persons at Potočari without essential humanitarian supplies. The detention of UNPROFOR personnel and attacks on the peacekeeping force by Bosnian Serb forces were condemned.

The Council demanded that Bosnian Serb forces cease their offensive and withdraw from Srebrenica immediately, adding that the forces should respect its status as a safe area.[2] It also demanded that the safety of UNPROFOR personnel was ensured and for the release of some of its members under detention. This was addressed again in Resolution 1010. All parties were called upon to allow access to the area for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and international humanitarian agencies in order to aid the civilian population and restore utilities. The Secretary-General Boutros Boutros-Ghali was requested to use all resources available to restore the "safe area" status of Srebrenica.[3]

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  1. ^ Lowe, Vaughan; Roberts, Adam; Welsh, Jennifer (2008). The United Nations Security Council and war: the evolution of thought and practice since 1945. Oxford University Press US. p. 436. ISBN 978-0-19-953343-5.
  2. ^ Traynor, Ian (12 July 1995). "Rampant Serbs push UN aside". The Guardian.
  3. ^ Bailey, Sydney Dawson; Daws, Sam (1998). The procedure of the UN Security Council (3rd ed.). Oxford University Press. p. 535. ISBN 978-0-19-828073-6.