United Nations Security Council Resolution 601

United Nations Security Council resolution 601, adopted on 30 October 1987, after recalling resolutions 269 (1969), 276 (1970), 301 (1971), 385 (1976), 431 (1978), 432 (1978), 435 (1978), 439 (1978), 532 (1983), 539 (1983) and 566 (1985), the council again condemned South Africa for its continued "illegal" occupation of Namibia and its refusal to comply with previous resolutions.

UN Security Council
Resolution 601
Date30 October 1987
Meeting no.2,759
CodeS/RES/601 (Document)
Voting summary
  • 14 voted for
  • None voted against
  • 1 abstained
Security Council composition
Permanent members
Non-permanent members

The resolution reaffirmed the direct responsibility of the United Nations over the territory of Namibia, noting that all outstanding issues relevant to Resolution 435 (1978) have been resolved. It also welcomed the pledge by the South West Africa People's Organization to sign and observe a ceasefire with the South African Defence Force, therefore the council authorised the Secretary-General Javier Pérez de Cuéllar to arrange a ceasefire between both parties in order for the emplacement of the United Nations Transition Assistance Group in Namibia.

The council also urged Member States to assist the Secretary-General and his staff with the implementation with the current resolution, and requested the Secretary-General to report back as soon as possible regarding developments in the region.[1]

Resolution 601 was adopted by 14 votes to none, with one abstention from the United States.

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  1. ^ United Nations (2005). Repertory of practice of United Nations organs: Articles 92–105 of the Charter. United Nations Publications. p. 85. ISBN 978-92-1-133539-2.

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