United Nations Security Council Resolution 409

United Nations Security Council Resolution 409, adopted on May 27, 1977, reaffirmed the Council's previous resolutions and affirmed that the policies created by them would remain in place. The Council, acting under Chapter VII, further decided that all member states should prohibit the use of funds in their territory from use by Rhodesia and/or Rhodesian citizens, save for pensions. The Resolution also decided that the Committee established in Resolution 253 (1968) should examine possible uses of Article 41 of the Charter of the United Nations.

UN Security Council
Resolution 409
Date27 May 1977
Meeting no.2,011
CodeS/RES/409 (Document)
SubjectSouthern Rhodesia
Security Council composition
Permanent members
Non-permanent members

The resolution was adopted unanimously without a vote.

The goal of the resolution was to force the closure of the Rhodesian information offices in Australia, South Africa and the United States.[1] The Carter Administration took steps to cut off funding from Rhodesia to the Rhodesian Information Office in Washington, D.C. in line with this resolution during August 1977, but it remained open until 1979 after receiving donations from American citizens.[2] The Fraser Government in Australia developed legislation during 1977 to close the Rhodesia Information Centre in Sydney, but abandoned this due to opposition from its own backbenchers. The Fraser Government considered legislating to close the centre again in 1979 after being criticised by the United Nations for failing to implement Resolution 409.[3]

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  1. ^ Marder, Murrey (1 June 1977). "Rhodesia Lobbying Office Seems About to Close". The Washington Post. Retrieved 23 August 2021.
  2. ^ Michael, Edward R. (2016). The White House and White Africa: Presidential Policy on Rhodesia 1965-79 (Thesis). University of Birmingham. pp. 253–254. Retrieved 23 August 2021.
  3. ^ "Peacock softens Rhodesia stand". The Canberra Times. 20 April 1979. p. 7. Retrieved 22 August 2021 – via National Library of Australia.

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