Bahraini independence survey, 1970

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An independence survey was held in Bahrain during 1970. The survey (sometimes referred to as "referendum"[1]) took the form of a United Nations poll on whether islanders preferred independence or Iranian control.[2] The report of the Personal Representative of the Secretary-General on the consultation stated that "the overwhelming majority of the people of Bahrain wish to gain recognition of their identity in a full independent and sovereign State free to decide for itself its relations with other States".[3]

As a result, the United Nations Security Council unanimously passed Resolution 278 on 11 May 1970,[3] whilst in the same month Iran renounced its claim to the island.[4] The country subsequently became independent from the United Kingdom in August 1971.[2]


  1. ^ Kenneth Katzman (21 March 2011). "Bahrain: Reform, Security, and U.S. Policy". Congressional Research Service. Retrieved 2 July 2012
  2. ^ a b Bahrain: Reform, Security, and U.S. Policy CRS Report for Congress
  3. ^ a b The Question of Bahrain United Nations
  4. ^ Bahrain profile BBC News