United Nations Security Council Resolution 1192

UN Security Council Resolution 1192, adopted unanimously on 27 August 1998, after recalling resolutions 731 (1992), 748 (1992) and 883 (1993), the council welcomed an initiative to try two Libyan suspects accused of the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 before a Scottish court in the Netherlands.[1]

UN Security Council
Resolution 1192
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Lockerbie in Scotland
Date27 August 1998
Meeting no.3,920
CodeS/RES/1192 (Document)
SubjectThe Lockerbie case
Voting summary
  • 15 voted for
  • None voted against
  • None abstained
Security Council composition
Permanent members
Non-permanent members

The Security Council noted a report of independent experts and communications by the Organisation of African Unity, the League of Arab States, the Non-Aligned Movement and Organisation of the Islamic Conference and, acting under Chapter VII of the United Nations Charter, demanded that Libya comply with previous Security Council resolutions. It welcomed the initiative proposed by the United Kingdom and United States and the willingness of the Government of the Netherlands to co-operate with the initiative to try the two Libyan suspects–Abdelbaset al-Megrahi and Lamin Khalifah Fhimah–at a Scottish Court in the country.[2] In this regard, both the United Kingdom and the Netherlands were asked to specify arrangements. Libya said initially it was "not bound" by the plan.[3]

The Libyan government was called upon to ensure that the two suspects, evidence and witnesses would appear before the court, while the Secretary-General Kofi Annan was invited to nominate international observers to the trial. The council decided that the Netherlands could detain the two suspects for the purpose of trial.

Finally, Resolution 1192 concluded by reaffirming previous resolutions 748 and 883 which imposed international sanctions on Libya, stating that the provisions remained in effect and all states were to co-operate in implementing them. It was further decided that the measures would be suspended if the Secretary-General reports that the two Libyans had arrived for the trial or appeared before a court in the United Kingdom or United States, and whether Libya had satisfied the French judicial authorities with regard to the bombing of UTA Flight 772 over Niger in 1989.[4] The council warned that additional measures would be imposed if the provisions of the current resolution were not met.[5]

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  1. ^ "Security Council welcomes joint United Kingdom/United States initiative, Netherlands willingness, to try Libyan airline bombing suspects". United Nations. 27 August 1998.
  2. ^ Fitzmaurice, M. A.; Post, H. H. G.; Blokker, Niels M.; Brus, Marcel M. T. A.; Curtin, Deidre M.; Hancher, L.; Schrijver, Nico J. (2001). Netherlands Yearbook of International Law:, Volume 31; Volume 2000. Cambridge University Press. p. 182. ISBN 978-90-6704-143-0.
  3. ^ "Libya seeks to bargain over Pan Am bomb suspects". CNN. 28 August 1998.
  4. ^ Vandewalle, Dirk J. (2006). A history of modern Libya. Cambridge University Press. p. xxv. ISBN 978-0-521-85048-3.
  5. ^ Waniss A. Otman; Erling Karlberg (2007). The Libyan Economy: Economic Diversification and International Repositioning. Springer. p. 48. ISBN 978-3-540-46460-0.

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