United Nations Security Council Resolution 706
|UN Security Council
U.S. soldier and Iraqi oil field
|Date||15 August 1991|
|13 voted for
1 voted against
|Security Council composition|
United Nations Security Council resolution 706 decided on a mechanism to allow Iraq to sell oil in return for humanitarian aid from Member States. The Council, acting under Chapter VII, adopted the resolution on 15 August 1991, after recalling resolutions 661 (1990), 686 (1991), 687 (1991), 688 (1991), 692 (1991), 699 (1991) and 705 (1991). The provisions of Resolution 706 functioned in a way similar to that which was later implemented in the Oil-for-Food Programme under Resolution 986 in 1995.
The resolution, co-sponsored by the United States, determined that Iraq could sell up to US$ 1.6 billion, following approval of each sale by the Security Council Committee established in Resolution 661 (1990). It also decided that part of proceeds from the sale of the oil would be used for payments to the United Nations Compensation Commission to help compensate Kuwait after the Iraqi invasion.
The Council went on to request the Secretary-General, in consultation with the International Committee of the Red Cross, to report back within 20 days regarding the implementation of the Resolution 687 regarding the repatriation of Kuwaiti and foreign nationals or their remains present in Iraq. It also requested Iraq report monthly on the gold and foreign currency reserves it held in the country or elsewhere.
- Foreign relations of Iraq
- Gulf War
- List of United Nations Security Council Resolutions 701 to 800 (1991–1993)
- "Statement by Thomas Pickering, US Ambassador to the UN, to the UN Security Council concerning the proposed sale of Iraqi oil to provide for the humanitarian needs of the Iraqi people". United Nations. 19 September 1991.
- Alnasrawi, Abbas (2002). Iraq's burdens: oil, sanctions, and underdevelopment. Greenwood Publishing Group. p. 121. ISBN 978-0-313-32459-8.
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