United Nations Security Council Resolution 1281

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UN Security Council
Resolution 1281
Date 10 December 1999
Meeting no. 4,079
Code S/RES/1281 (Document)
Subject The situation between Iraq and Kuwait
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 1281, adopted unanimously on 10 December 1999, after recalling all previous resolutions on Iraq, including resolutions 986 (1995), 1111 (1997), 1129 (1997), 1143 (1997), 1153 (1998), 1175 (1998), 1210 (1998), 1242 (1999), 1266 (1999), 1275 (1999) and 1280 (1999) concerning the Oil-for-Food Programme, the Council extended provisions relating to the export of Iraqi petroleum or petroleum products sufficient to produce up to US$5.256 billion worth of oil for a further 180 days.[1]

The Security Council was convinced of the need for a temporary measure to provide humanitarian assistance to the Iraqi people until the Iraqi government fulfilled the provisions of Resolution 687 (1991) and had distributed aid throughout the country equally.

Acting under Chapter VII of the United Nations Charter, the Council extended the Oil-for-Food Programme for an additional six-month period beginning at 00:01 EST on 12 December 1999 with the provisions of Resolution 1153 remaining in effect.[2] The Council kept the maximum amount of petroleum Iraq could export at 5.256 billion U.S. dollars.

Finally, the Secretary-General Kofi Annan was requested to report back to the Council by 15 January 2000 on whether Iraq was able to produce the 5.256 billion US dollars' worth of oil to export and to submit a detailed list of equipment that countries were providing to help Iraq increase exports to finance humanitarian aid. He was also instructed to enhance the observation process in Iraq to ensure that the aid was distributed equally amongst all segments of the population and that all equipment was being used as authorised.

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  1. ^ "Security Council extends Iraq 'Oil-for-Food' Programme for 180 days". United Nations. 10 December 1999. 
  2. ^ Anand, Vinod (2000). "Iraq under siege: Human costs of economic warfare". Strategic Analysis. 24 (2): 301–313. doi:10.1080/09700160008455214. 

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