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United Nations Security Council Resolution 1171

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UN Security Council
Resolution 1171
School destroyed during the civil war in Sierra Leone
Date5 June 1998
Meeting no.3,889
CodeS/RES/1171 (Document)
SubjectThe situation in Sierra Leone
Voting summary
  • 15 voted for
  • None voted against
  • None abstained
Security Council composition
Permanent members
Non-permanent members
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United Nations Security Council resolution 1171, adopted unanimously on 5 June 1998, after recalling resolutions 1132 (1997), 1156 (1998) and 1162 (1998) on the situation in Sierra Leone, the council, acting under Chapter VII of the United Nations Charter, terminated the arms embargo against the Government of Sierra Leone.[1]

The Security Council welcomed the efforts of the Sierra Leone government to restore peace and security in the country, including the democratic process and national reconciliation. It deplored resistance to the government by rebels and demanded that they put an end to their resistance and lay down their arms.

Acting under Chapter VII of the United Nations Charter, the Council terminated the arms embargo against the government.[2] It decided to continue to prevent the sale of weapons and materiel to non-governmental forces by requesting all states to continue to prohibit sales of weapons to Sierra Leone except through named points of entry. The restrictions would also not apply to the Economic Community of West African States Monitoring Group (ECOMOG) peacekeeping force or United Nations personnel.[3]

The resolution then imposed a travel ban on leading members of the former military junta and Revolutionary United Front.[4] All measures would be terminated once the authority of the Sierra Leone government was restored in the country and all non-governmental forces were disarmed and demobilised. Finally, the Secretary-General was requested to report within three and six months since the adoption of the current resolution regarding the sanctions and progress made by the Government of Sierra Leone and non-governmental forces.

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  1. ^ "Security Council decides to terminate arms embargo against government of Sierra Leone". United Nations. 5 June 1998.
  2. ^ Askari, Hossein (2003). Economic sanctions: examining their philosophy and efficacy. Greenwood Publishing Group. p. 55. ISBN 978-1-56720-542-8.
  3. ^ "UN eases Sierra Leone arms embargo". BBC News. 5 June 1998.
  4. ^ Sillinger, Brett (2003). Sierra Leone: current issues and background. Nova Publishers. p. 152. ISBN 978-1-59033-662-5.

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