United Nations Security Council Resolution 312

United Nations Security Council Resolution 312, adopted on February 4, 1972, after reaffirming previous resolutions on the topic and deploring those who failed to conform to them the Council called upon Portugal to immediately recognize the right of the peoples of her colonies to self-determination, to cease all acts of repression against the peoples of Angola, Mozambique and Guinea (Bissau), to withdraw its armed forces from those areas, to promulgate an unconditional political amnesty and to transfer power to freely elected native representative institutions.

UN Security Council
Resolution 312
Date4 February 1972
Meeting no.1,639
CodeS/RES/312 (Document)
SubjectQuestion concerning the situation in Territories under Portuguese administration
Voting summary
  • 9 voted for
  • None voted against
  • 6 abstained
Security Council composition
Permanent members
Non-permanent members

The Council then called upon states to refrain from offering the Portuguese government any military assistance which would enable it to continue to repress the peoples of its territories and requested the Secretary-General to follow the implementation of the present resolution and report back from time to time.

Resolution 312 passed with nine votes and six abstentions from Argentina, Belgium, France, Italy, the United Kingdom and United States.

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