United Nations Security Council Resolution 1499

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UN Security Council
Resolution 1499
Epulu River Ituri.jpg
Epulu River in the Ituri region of the Democratic Republic of the Congo
Date13 August 2003
Meeting no.4,807
CodeS/RES/1499 (Document)
SubjectThe situation concerning the Democratic Republic of the Congo
Voting summary
15 voted for
None voted against
None abstained
Security Council composition
Permanent members
Non-permanent members

United Nations Security Council resolution 1499, adopted unanimously on 13 August 2003, after recalling previous resolutions on the situation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, including resolutions 1457 (2003) and 1493 (2003), the Council extended the mandate of a panel investigating the plundering of natural resources in the country until 31 October 2003.[1]

The Security Council welcomed the establishment of a transitional national government in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, but noted that illegal exploitation of the country's natural resources continued to take place, particularly in the east.[2] It recognised that the exchange of information and attempts to resolve issues would assist in the transparency of the panel's work, highlight the issue of the exploitation of natural resources and the connections with arms trafficking.

The Secretary-General Kofi Annan was requested to extend the investigative panel's mandate until 31 October 2003, when it would be due to report its findings. The resolution reiterated the Council's demand that all relevant states immediately end the illegal exploitation of natural resources in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.[3] The panel was instructed to provide information to the concerned governments in order for them to take appropriate action.[3]

The investigative panel named individuals and companies implicated in illegal activities and which further measures would be taken.[4]

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  1. ^ "Security Council requests mandate extension until 31 October for panel investigating plunder of resources in Democratic Republic of Congo". United Nations. 13 August 2003.
  2. ^ Clément, Jean A. P. (2004). Postconflict economics in sub-Saharan Africa: lessons from the Democratic Republic of the Congo. International Monetary Fund. p. 60. ISBN 978-1-58906-252-8.
  3. ^ a b McCormack, T.; McDonald, Avril (2006). Yearbook of International Humanitarian Law – 2003, Volume 6; Volume 2003. Cambridge University Press. p. 273. ISBN 978-90-6704-203-1.
  4. ^ Gowlland-Debbas, Vera; Tehindrazanarivelo, Djacoba Liva (2004). National implementation of United Nations sanctions: a comparative study. Martinus Nijhoff Publishers. p. 23. ISBN 978-90-04-14090-5.

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