Open main menu

United Nations Security Council Resolution 733

United Nations Security Council resolution 733, adopted unanimously on 23 January 1992, after expressing its alarm at the situation in Somalia regarding the heavy loss of life, destruction to property and threat to regional stability, the Council, acting under Chapter VII of the United Nations Charter, decided to place a "general and complete" arms embargo on the country for the purposes of establishing peace and stability. The situation was brought to the attention of the Security Council by the Somali government.[1]

UN Security Council
Resolution 733
Somalia (orthographic projection)-Blue version.svg
Date23 January 1992
Meeting no.3,039
CodeS/RES/733 (Document)
Voting summary
15 voted for
None voted against
None abstained
Security Council composition
Permanent members
Non-permanent members

The Council called upon then Secretary-General Boutros Boutros-Ghali to immediately undertake actions to increase humanitarian assistance by the United Nations and other international organisations to the affected population in Somalia. It also requested him, along with the Secretaries-General of the Organisation of African Unity and Arab League to contact all the factions involved in order to end hostilities and permit the delivery of aid.

Resolution 733 urged all parties to guarantee the safety of all humanitarian personnel in Somalia and urged all Member States to contribute to the aid effort. The resolution did not include proposals for a peacekeeping force as some Member States were reluctant on financial grounds, and also others, such as the United States, stated they would not intervene at this stage as there was no invitation from the main host parties.[2]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Hunter, Kenneth W.; Mack, Timothy C. (1996). International rights and responsibilities for the future. Greenwood Publishing Group. p. 78. ISBN 978-0-275-95562-5.
  2. ^ Fenton, Neil (2004). Understanding the UN Security Council: coercion or consent?. Ashgate Publishing, Ltd. p. 67. ISBN 978-0-7546-4092-9.

External linksEdit