United Nations Security Council Resolution 1541

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UN Security Council
Resolution 1541
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Western Sahara (red), Morocco (orange), Algeria (green) and Mauritania (blue)
Date 29 April 2004
Meeting no. 4,957
Code S/RES/1541 (Document)
Subject The situation concerning Western Sahara
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 1541, adopted unanimously on 29 April 2004, after recalling all previous resolutions on the situation in Western Sahara, particularly Resolution 1495 (2003), the Council extended the mandate of the United Nations Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara (MINURSO) until October 31, 2004 with a view to reducing its size.[1]

The Security Council reaffirmed the need for a durable and mutual solution to the Western Sahara problem, which would provide for the self-determination of the people of the territory. It further supported the Baker Plan as a political settlement between Morocco and the Polisario Front.[2] Both parties were urged to co-operate with the Secretary-General Kofi Annan and his Personal Envoy James Baker III.

Finally, the Secretary-General was requested to report on the situation at the end of MINURSO's mandate and to provide an evaluation of the size of MINURSO necessary for it to carry out its mandated tasks, with a view to its gradual reduction.

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  1. ^ "Security Council extends UN mission for referendum in Western Sahara until 31 October". United Nations. 29 April 2004. 
  2. ^ Drakulich, Angela (2004). A global agenda: issues before the 59th General Assembly of the United Nations. United Nations Association of the United States of America. p. 117. ISBN 978-1-880632-69-7. 

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