United Nations Security Council Resolution 462

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UN Security Council
Resolution 462
BMD-1 in Afghanistan.jpg
Soviet paratroopers in Kabul
Date 9 January 1980
Meeting no. 2,190
Code S/RES/462 (Document)
Subject International peace and security
Voting summary
12 voted for
2 voted against
1 abstained
Result Adopted
Security Council composition
Permanent members
Non-permanent members

United Nations Security Council resolution 462, adopted on 9 January 1980, after considering an item on the agenda of the Council and given the lack of unanimity amongst its permanent members, the Council decided to call an emergency meeting of the United Nations General Assembly to discuss the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan.

Two days prior to the adoption of Resolution 462, a previous draft resolution had been vetoed by the Soviet Union.[1] During the discussions of the draft resolution, some members of the Council highlighted the serious nature of the situation and that it justified a General Assembly debate.[2]

The resolution was adopted by 12 votes to two against (East Germany, Soviet Union) with one abstention from Zambia.

Following the resolution, the Sixth emergency special session of the United Nations General Assembly took place.

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  1. ^ Kapteyn, Paul Joan George (1981). International organization and integration: annotated basic documents and descriptive directory of international organizations and arrangements (2 ed.). Brill Archive. p. 215. ISBN 978-90-247-2579-3. 
  2. ^ United Nations Secretary-General (2006). Repertory of practice of United Nations organs: Supplement. Articles 9 to 22 of the Charter, covering the period 1 January 1979 to 31 December 1984, Issue 6. United Nations Publications. p. 70. ISBN 978-92-1-133659-7. 

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