United Nations Security Council Resolution 616

United Nations Security Council resolution 616, adopted unanimously on 20 July 1988, after hearing representations from the Islamic Republic of Iran, the Council expressed its distress at the downing of Iran Air Flight 655 over the Strait of Hormuz by a missile from the United States Navy cruiser USS Vincennes during the conflict between Iran and Iraq.

UN Security Council
Resolution 616
Iran Air 655 Strait of hormuz 80.jpg
Location of incident in the Strait of Hormuz
Date20 July 1988
Meeting no.2,821
CodeS/RES/616 (Document)
SubjectIslamic Republic of Iran-USA
Voting summary
  • 15 voted for
  • None voted against
  • None abstained
Security Council composition
Permanent members
Non-permanent members

The Council went on to express its condolences to the victims of the incident and welcomed a decision by the International Civil Aviation Organization, at the request of Iran, to begin an immediate investigation into the incident. It also welcomed announcements by both Iran and the United States of their cooperation with the investigation.

Resolution 616 urged all parties to the Convention on International Civil Aviation in 1944 to fully observe the rules and practices concerning the safety of civil aviation. It also reminded Iran and Iraq to fully implement Resolution 598 as the only just and durable basis for a settlement of the Iran–Iraq War.

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