United Nations Security Council Resolution 1972

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UN Security Council
Resolution 1972
Beledweyne Somalia food aid.jpg
Aid operations in Somalia
Date 17 March 2011
Meeting no. 6,496
Code S/RES/1972 ([ Document])
Subject The situation in Somalia
Voting summary
15 voted for
None voted against
None abstained
Result Adopted
Security Council composition
Permanent members
Non-permanent members

United Nations Security Council Resolution 1972, adopted unanimously on March 17, 2011, after recalling previous resolutions on the situation in Somalia, particularly resolutions 733 (1992), 1844 (2008) and 1916 (2010), the Council authorised an ease on its assets freeze relating to humanitarian operations in the country for 16 months.[1]



The preamble of the resolution condemned the flow of weapons and other assistance to and through Somalia in violation of the arms embargo, and urged states in the region to respect the embargo. The Council underlined the importance of neutrality in the provision of humanitarian assistance.


Acting under Chapter VII of the United Nations Charter, the Council urged states to comply with previous Security Council resolutions on Somalia. All parties were urged to ensure compliance with international humanitarian law within the country, while all attempts to politicise humanitarian aid operations were condemned.

The resolution exempted the work of humanitarian agencies operating in Somalia from the provisions of Resolution 1844 that obliged countries to impose financial sanctions on groups and individuals who obstructed efforts to restore peace and stability in the country, for a period of sixteen months.[2]

Finally, the Emergency Relief Co-ordinator was asked to report by November 2011 and July 2012 on the implementation of the current resolution.

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