United Nations Security Council Resolution 393

United Nations Security Council Resolution 393, adopted on July 30, 1976, after a letter from a representative from Zambia, the Council condemned a recent attack by South Africa in Zambian territory, resulting in the destruction of property and loss of life. The resolution went on to express concern at South Africa's occupation and use of South West Africa as a base for attacking neighbouring African countries, and that the continuation of this would constitute a threat to international peace and security.

UN Security Council
Resolution 393
South Africa Border War Map.png
South Africa Border Wars in Angola and Zambia
Date30 July 1976
Meeting no.1,948
CodeS/RES/393 (Document)
SubjectSouth Africa-Zambia
Voting summary
  • 14 voted for
  • None voted against
  • 1 abstained
Security Council composition
Permanent members
Non-permanent members

The Council concluded the attack was a violation of Zambia's territorial integrity, independence and sovereignty. It reiterated its support for the Namibian people and countries who supported their cause, as well as the removal of apartheid which would be "necessary for the attainment of justice and lasting peace in the region." The resolution also declared that if further attacks continue, it would decide on appropriate measures to respond with in accordance with the Charter of the United Nations.

The resolution, also supported by Zaire,[1] was adopted by 14 votes to none; with one abstention from the United States.

In the days before the meeting, Zambia condemned South Africa for carrying out attacks in its territory which resulted in 24 deaths and 45 injuries.[2] It also charged South Africa with shelling a village near the border with Angola and South West Africa and along the Zambezi.[3] South Africa denied the allegations, saying it would "at no time authorize and would not authorize attacks on Zambian villages." It also criticised the Security Council for passing condemnations without engaging with the country, "We need communication. We do not need exacerbation" according to South African representative Pik Botha.[4]

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  1. ^ Wellens, Karen; T.M.C. Asser Instituut (1990). Resolutions and statements of the United Nations Security Council (1946–1989): a thematic guide. BRILL. p. 117. ISBN 978-0-7923-0796-9.
  2. ^ Hofman, Paul (July 28, 1976). "Zambian assails South Africans; Charging assault; Asks condemnation by UN". The New York Times.
  3. ^ Associated Press (July 12, 1976). "Zambians charge S. Africa shelled village on border". Ottawa Citizen.
  4. ^ Munn, Bruce W (July 28, 1976). "South Africa denies raid". Ellensburg Daily Record.

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