United Nations Security Council Resolution 1269

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UN Security Council
Resolution 1269
Date19 October 1999
Meeting no.4,053
CodeS/RES/1269 (Document)
SubjectThe responsibility of the Security Council in the maintenance of international peace and security
Voting summary
15 voted for
None voted against
None abstained
Security Council composition
Permanent members
Non-permanent members

United Nations Security Council resolution 1269, adopted unanimously on 19 October 1999, after expressing concern at the increasing number of acts of international terrorism, the Council condemned terrorist attacks and called upon states to fully implement anti-terrorist conventions.[1] It was the first time the Security Council had addressed terrorism in a general manner, though it did not define what constituted terrorism.[2][3]



The Security Council was mindful of resolutions passed by the General Assembly including Resolution 49/60 (1994) concerning measures to eliminate international terrorism. There was a necessity to intensify the fight against terrorism at the national level and strengthen international co-operation with respect for international humanitarian and human rights law. To this end it supported efforts to promote worldwide participation in and implementation of existing anti-terrorist conventions and the development of new anti-terrorist instruments.


Acting under Chapter VI of the United Nations Charter, the resolution unequivocally condemned all acts of worldwide terrorism as criminal and unjustifiable regardless of the circumstances in which the acts were committed.[4] All countries were called upon to implement international anti-terrorist conventions to which they were party to; states that had not adopted such measures were urged to do so immediately. The Council stressed that the United Nations played a vital role in strengthening international co-operation in the fight against terrorism.

All countries were urged to take the following steps:[5][6]

(a) co-operate with each other through mutual agreements to prevent terrorist acts and prosecute perpetrators;
(b) prevent and suppress the preparation and financing of terrorist acts through all possible legal means;
(c) deny safe havens for those who commit terrorist acts through prosecution and extradition;
(d) ensure that asylum seekers are not terrorists before granting them refugee status through appropriate measures;
(e) participate in information exchanges and judicial co-operation to prevent terrorist acts.

The Secretary-General Kofi Annan was asked to pay close attention to the need to prevent threats to international security as a result of terrorist acts. Finally, the Council expressed its readiness to take further measures in order to counter terrorist threats.

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  1. ^ "Security Council unequivocally condemns terrorism as 'criminal and unjustifiable'". United Nations. 19 October 1999.
  2. ^ Lehto, Marja (2009). Indirect responsibility for terrorist acts: redefinition of the concept of terrorism beyond violent acts. Martinus Nijhoff Publishers. p. 348. ISBN 978-90-04-17807-6.
  3. ^ Ganor, Boaz (25 October 1999). "Security Council Resolution 1269 – What it Leaves Out". International Policy Institute for Counter-Terrorism.
  4. ^ Nesi, Giuseppe (2006). International cooperation in counter-terrorism: the United Nations and regional organizations in the fight against terrorism. Ashgate Publishing, Ltd. p. 95. ISBN 978-0-7546-4755-3.
  5. ^ Ward, Curtis A. (2003). "Building Capacity to Combat International Terrorism: The Role of the United Nations Security Council". Journal of Conflict and Security Law. 8 (2): 289–305. doi:10.1093/jcsl/8.2.289.
  6. ^ Crossette, Barbara (20 October 1999). "U.N. Council in Rare Accord: Fight Terrorism". The New York Times.

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