United Nations Security Council Resolution 673
|UN Security Council
|Date||24 October 1990|
|Subject||Territories occupied by Israel|
|15 voted for
None voted against
|Security Council composition|
United Nations Security Council resolution 673, adopted unanimously on 24 October 1990, after reaffirming Resolution 672 (1990), the Council deplored Israel's refusal to receive the mission of the Secretary-General to the region.
Members of the mission, authorised under Resolution 672 (1990) to visit the Temple Mount region, were prevented from visiting the area after Israel said it was an interference in its internal affairs. The Secretary-General Javier Pérez de Cuéllar later decided to publish his report without dispatching the mission, which was reviewed in Resolution 681.
The Council urged Israel to reconsider its decision and allow the mission to visit the area of the riots at Temple Mount which resulted in loss of lives and damage to property.
Resolution 673 was submitted at the meeting by Colombia, Cuba, Malaysia and Yemen, which consisted of a heated debate and which Sudan, supported by several non-aligned countries, called for strong measures against Israel, including under Chapter VII of the United Nations Charter. Israel rejected this, arguing Resolution 272 (1967) and the situation relating to the Palestinians was not comparable to that of the invasion of Kuwait by Iraq.
Text of the resolution
The Security Council,
Reaffirming the obligations of Member States under the United Nations Charter,
Reaffirming also its resolution 672 (1990),
Having been briefed by the Secretary-General on 19 October 1990,
Expressing alarm at the rejection of Security Council resolution 672 (1990) by the Israeli Government, and its refusal to accept the mission of the Secretary-General,
Taking into consideration the statement of the Secretary-General relative to the purpose of the mission he is sending to the region and conveyed to the Council by the President on 12 October 1990,
Gravely concerned at the continued deterioration of the situation in the occupied territories,
1. Deplores the refusal of the Israeli Government to receive the mission of the Secretary-General to the region;
2. Urges the Israeli Government to reconsider its decision and insists that it comply fully with resolution 672 (1990) and to permit the mission of the Secretary-General to proceed in keeping with its purpose;
3. Requests the Secretary-General to submit to the Council the report requested in resolution 672 (1990) ;
4. Affirms its determination to give full and expeditious consideration to the report.
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