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Resolution 118 (1956) of 13 October 1956

Publisher UN Security Council
Publication Date 13 October 1956
Citation / Document Symbol S/RES/118 (1956)
Reference 1956 Security Council Resolutions
Cite as UN Security Council, Resolution 118 (1956) of 13 October 1956, 13 October 1956, S/RES/118 (1956), available at: [accessed 29 May 2016]

The Security Council,

Noting the declarations made before it and the accounts of the development of the exploratory conversations on he Suez question given by the Secretary-General of the United Nations and the Foreign Ministers of Egypt, France and the United Kingdom.

Agrees that any settlement of the Suez question should meet the following requirements:

(1)        There should be free and open transit through the Canal without discrimination, overt or covert - this covers both political and technical aspects;

(2)        The sovereignty of Egypt should be respected;

(3)        The operation of the Canal should be insulated from the politics of any country;

(4)        The manner of fixing tolls and charges should be decided by agreement between Egypt and the users;

(5)        A fair proportion of the dues should be allotted to development;

(6)        In case of disputes, unresolved affairs between the Suez Canal Company and the Egyptian Government should be settled by arbitration with suitable terms of reference and suitable provisions for the payment of sums found to be due.

Adopted unanimously at the
743rd meeting.


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