United Nations Security Council Resolution 731

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UN Security Council
Resolution 731
Pan Am Boeing 747 at Zurich Airport in May 1985.jpg
A Pan Am Boeing 747 similar to the one involved in the Flight 103 crash (1985)
Date21 January 1992
Meeting no.3,033
CodeS/RES/731 (Document)
SubjectLibyan Arab Jamahiriya
Voting summary
15 voted for
None voted against
None abstained
Security Council composition
Permanent members
Non-permanent members

UN Security Council Resolution 731, adopted unanimously on 21 January 1992, after recalling resolutions 286 (1970) and 635 (1989) which condemned acts of terrorism, the Council expressed its concern over the results of investigations into the destruction of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland, and UTA Flight 772 over Chad and Niger which implicated officials from the Government of Libya.

The Council condemned the fact that Libya had not accepted responsibility for the incidents, and urged it to provide a full and effective response to the requests from the investigations with regards to the two aircraft so as to contribute to the elimination of international terrorism. It also urged Member States to encourage the Libyan government to respond. Therefore, the resolution implied that Libya extradite its two accused nationals, Abdelbaset al-Megrahi and Lamin Khalifah Fhimah.[1]

Resolution 731 was not legally binding, as it was passed under Chapter VI of the United Nations Charter and makes no reference to Chapter VII, however this would be enforced in Resolution 748.[2]

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  1. ^ Hollis, Patricia (1998). Jennie Lee: A Life. Oxford University Press. p. 271. ISBN 978-0-19-288105-2.
  2. ^ Dupuy, René Jean, ed. (1993). Le développement du rôle du Conseil de Sécurité [The Development of the Role of the Security Council] (in English and French). Martinus Nijhoff Publishers. p. 406. ISBN 978-0-7923-2318-1.

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