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Resolution 643 (1989) Adopted by the Security Council at its 2886th meeting, on 31 October 1989

Publisher UN Security Council
Publication Date 31 October 1989
Citation / Document Symbol S/RES/643 (1989)
Reference 1989 Security Council Resolutions
Cite as UN Security Council, Resolution 643 (1989) Adopted by the Security Council at its 2886th meeting, on 31 October 1989, 31 October 1989, S/RES/643 (1989), available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/3b00f17148.html [accessed 21 November 2014]

The Security Council,

Reaffirming all its relevant resolutions on the question of Namibia, especially resolutions 435 (1978) of 29 September 1978, 629 (1989) of 16 January 1989, 632 (1989) of 16 February 1989 and 640 (1989) of 29 August 1989,

Also reaffirming that the United Nations plan for the independence of Namibia, contained in resolution 435 (1978) , remains the only internationally accepted basis for the peaceful settlement of the Namibia question,

Having considered the report of the Secretary-General of 6 October 1989 and the addendum thereto of 16 October 1989,

Noting with deep concern that, one week before the scheduled elections in Namibia, all the provisions of resolutions 435 (1978) are not being fully complied with,

Noting the progress made so far in the implementation of the settlement plan and the remaining obstacles placed in its way as well as the efforts being exerted by the United Nations Transition Assistance Group to carry out its responsibilities,

Reaffirming the continuing legal responsibility of the United Nations over Namibia until the full attainment by the Namibian people of national independence,

1.       Welcomes the report of the Secretary-General of 6 October 1989 and the addendum thereto of 16 October 1989;

2.       Expresses its full support for the Secretary-General in his efforts to ensure that Security Council resolution 435 (1978) is fully implemented in its original and definitive form;

3.       Expresses its firm determination to implement resolution 435 (1978) in its original and definitive form in order to ensure holding of free and fair elections in Namibia under the supervision and control of the United Nations;

4.       Reaffirms its commitment in carrying out the continuing legal responsibility over Namibia until its independence to ensure the unfettered and effective exercise by the people of Namibia of their inalienable rights to self-determination and genuine national independence in accordance with resolutions 435 (1978) and 640 (1989) ;

5.       Demands immediate, full and strict compliance by all parties concerned, in particular South Africa, with the terms of resolutions 435 (1978) , 632 (1989) and 640 (1989) ;

6.       Further reiterates its demand for the complete disbandment of all remaining paramilitary and ethnic forces and commando units, in particular the Koevoet and the South-West Africa Territorial Force as well as the complete dismantling of their command structures, and other defence-related institutions as required by resolutions 435 (1978) and 640 (1989) ;

7.       Requests the Secretary-General to pursue his efforts to ensure the immediate replacement of the remaining South African Defence Forces personnel in accordance with resolution 435 (1978) ;

8.       Demands the immediate repeal of such remaining restrictive and discriminatory laws and regulations as inhibit the holding of free and fair elections and that no such new laws be introduced and endorses the position of the Secretary-General as expressed in his report that Proclamation AG 8 should be repealed;

9.       Invites the Secretary-General to keep under constant review the adequacy of the number of police monitors in order to undertake the process for any appropriate increase that he may deem necessary for the effective fulfillment of the United Nations Transition Assistance Group's responsibilities;

10.     Demands that the South West Africa Police extend full co-operation to the United Nations Transition Assistance Group civil police in carrying out the tasks entrusted to it under the settlement plan;

11.     Mandates the Secretary-General to ensure that all necessary arrangements are made in accordance with the settlement plan to safeguard the territorial integrity and security of Namibia in order to ensure a peaceful transition to national independence, and to assist the Constituent Assembly in the discharge of responsibilities entrusted to it under the settlement plan; 12. Requests the Secretary-General to prepare appropriate plans for mobilizing all forms of assistance, including technical, material and financial resources for the people of Namibia during the period following the elections for the Constituent Assembly until the accession to independence;

13.     Urgently appeals to Member States, United Nations agencies, intergovernmental and non-governmental organization to extend, in co-ordination with the Secretary-General, generous financial, material and technical support to the Namibian people, both during the transitional period and after independence;

14.     Decides that, if the pertinent provisions of the present resolutions are not complied with, the Security Council shall convene as required before the elections to review the situation and consider appropriate action;

15.     Requests the Secretary-General to report on the implementation of the present resolution as soon as possible;

16.     Decides to remain seized of the matter.

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