United Nations Security Council Resolution 725
|UN Security Council
Western Sahara region
|Date||31 December 1991|
|15 voted for
None voted against
|Security Council composition|
United Nations Security Council resolution 725, adopted unanimously on 31 December 1991, after recalling resolutions 621 (1988), 658 (1990) and 690 (1991) and noting a report by the Secretary-General on the situation in Western Sahara, the Council welcomed the report, supporting his efforts and those of the Organisation of African Unity in the region.
The report noted the slow progress in the implementation of prior resolutions, particularly with regards to organising the referendum in the Western Sahara. Both parties had acknowledged the Settlement Plan despite some differences, however an informal ceasefire was violated and hostilities broke out. It also stated that the presence of the United Nations Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara had significantly calmed tensions and there would be delay for further consultations on a settlement of the issue. Some members of the Council, such as the United States, did not feel the report and its recommendations, such as on voter eligibility, reflected what the parties had previously agreed, hence Resolution 725 "welcomed" but did not "approve" his report.
- History of Western Sahara
- List of United Nations Security Council Resolutions 701 to 800 (1991–1993)
- Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic
- United Nations: Department of Political Affairs (1989). Repertoire of the Practice of the Security Council: Supplement 1989–1992. United Nations Publications. p. 354. ISBN 978-92-1-137030-0.
- Jensen, Erik (2005). Western Sahara: anatomy of a stalemate. Lynne Rienner Publishers. p. 47. ISBN 978-1-58826-305-6.
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