United Nations Security Council Resolution 540

United Nations Security Council resolution 540, adopted on 31 October 1983, noting the report of the Secretary-General and the increased cooperation from the governments of Iran and Iraq, the Council requested he continue with the mediation efforts in the region.

UN Security Council
Resolution 540
Iran-Iraq War Montage.png
Iran–Iraq War
Date31 October 1983
Meeting no.2,493
CodeS/RES/540 (Document)
Voting summary
  • 12 voted for
  • None voted against
  • 3 abstained
Security Council composition
Permanent members
Non-permanent members

Resolution 540 went on to condemn all acts in violation of the Geneva Conventions of 1949, affirming the right to free navigation in international waters. It also requested the Secretary-General Javier Pérez de Cuéllar continue in his efforts to find a way to end hostilities between the two countries and urged Iran, Iraq and other Member States to refrain from actions that could destabilise the region.

The resolution was adopted by 12 votes to none, with three abstentions from Malta, Nicaragua and Pakistan.

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