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United Nations Security Council Resolution 1227

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UN Security Council
Resolution 1227
Eritrea (orange) and Ethiopia (green)
Date10 February 1999
Meeting no.3,975
CodeS/RES/1227 (Document)
SubjectThe situation between Eritrea and Ethiopia
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 1227, adopted unanimously on 10 February 1999, after reaffirming resolutions 1177 (1998) and 1226 (1999) on the situation between Eritrea and Ethiopia, the Council demanded an immediate cessation of hostilities between the two countries.[1]

In the preamble of the resolution, the Council expressed concern at the border conflict between Ethiopia and Eritrea, and recalled the commitment of both countries to a moratorium on the threat of and use of air strikes. It stressed that the current situation posed a threat to peace and security.[2]

The Security Council condemned the resumption of hostilities by both countries and demanded an immediate halt to air strikes. Furthermore, it demanded that both countries resume diplomatic efforts towards a peaceful settlement of the conflict and noted that the Framework Agreement proposed by the Organisation of African Unity (OAU) remained a basis for a settlement. Eritrea later accepted the agreement.[3]

The resolution concluded by requesting both Eritrea and Ethiopia to guarantee the safety of civilians and ensure respect for human rights and international humanitarian law and called upon all countries to immediately end the sale of weapons and ammunition to both countries.[4]

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  1. ^ "Security Council demands immediate halt to hostilities between Ethiopia and Eritrea". United Nations. 10 February 1999.
  2. ^ Fischer, H. (2000). Yearbook of International Humanitarian Law: 1999, Volume 2; Volume 1999. Cambridge University Press. p. 246. ISBN 978-90-6704-119-5.
  3. ^ Lewis, Paul (28 February 1999). "End Fighting, U.N. Council Tells Ethiopia And Eritrea". The New York Times.
  4. ^ Tekeste Negash; Kjetil Tronvoll (2000). Brothers at war: making sense of the Eritrean-Ethiopian war. J. Currey. p. 69. ISBN 978-0-85255-849-2.

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