Gulf War/UNSC Resolutions

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More information on UNSC Resolutions relevant to Gulf War.

Resolution 660

2 August 1990. Condemned the attack

Resolution 661

6 August 1990. Supports the right of Kuwait to self defense under UN Charter Chapter VII, Article 51.

Resolution 662

9 August 1990. Rejects Iraqi claim to have annexed Kuwait.

Resolution 664

18 August 1990. Demands that Iraq allow third party nationals to depart Kuwait.

Resolution 665

25 August 1990. Sets up maritime blockade of Kuwait.

Resolution 666

13 September 1990. Stresses Iraq's humanitarian obligations to Kuwait, such as food supply.

Resolution 667

16 September 1990. Condemns Iraqi aggression toward diplomatic facilities in Kuwait.

Resolution 669

24 September 1990. Procedural; sets up committee to hear Resolution 661 grievancs.

Resolution 670

25 September 1990. Embargoes air transport to Iraq and Kuwait.

Resolution 674

29 October 1990. Calls for maximum diplomatic and political pressure on Iraq.

Resolution 667

28 November 1990. Mandats a population register for Kuwait, to be maintained by the Secretary-General.

Resolution 678

29 November 1990. Authorizes member states to use all measures to compel Iraqi compliance

Resolution 686

3 March 1991. Reaffirms earlier resolutions and demands Iraq cease all provocative acts, including aircraft and missile flights. Demands WMD disclosure.

Resolution 687

3 April 1991. A complex, nine-part resolution set terms for a permanent cease-fire. Among other things, Iraq was called on to accept a 1963 border agreement with Kuwait, to agree to compensate Kuwait for damages it had caused during the occupation and to destroy weapons of mass destruction. A UN observer unit was to monitor a demilitarized zone along a boundary between Iraq and Kuwait.

Mr. Hussein called the text "unjust", alleged it comprised "iniquitous and vengeful measures", and constituted "an unprecedented assault" on the sovereignty and rights of his country.

The UN, he claimed, was applying a "double standard" to Iraq, in the form of "criteria of duality" in international relations. Nevertheless, he stated at the conclusion of his missive (S/22456) that Iraq "has no choice but to accept this resolution".

  • Five days later on 11 April, Paul Noterdaeme of Belgium, President of the Security Council, formally acknowledged Iraq's acceptance--"irrevocable and without qualifying conditions"--of resolution 687, adding that Council members had asked him to note that conditions established in the resolution had been me