United Nations Security Council Resolution 311

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UN Security Council
Resolution 311
Date 4 February 1972
Meeting no. 1,638
Code S/RES/311 (Document)
Subject The Question of race conflict in South Africa resulting from the policies of apartheid of the Government of the Republic of South Africa
Voting summary
14 voted for
None voted against
1 abstained
Result Adopted
Security Council composition
Permanent members
Non-permanent members

United Nations Security Council Resolution 311, adopted on February 4, 1972, after reaffirming previous resolutions on the topic and noting the continued military build-up by South Africa, the Council condemned the policy of apartheid and recognized the legitimacy of the struggle of the oppressed people of South Africa.

The Council then urgently called upon the government of South Africa to release all persons imprisoned as a result of apartheid and called upon all states to strictly observe the arms embargo. The Council finished by urging governments and individuals to contribute generously and regularly to UN funds for humanitarian and training purposes for the people of South Africa and decided to examine methods of resolving the present situation.

The resolution was adopted by 14 votes to none; France abstained from voting.

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