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Security Council resolution 333 (1973) [Southern Rhodesia]

Publisher UN Security Council
Publication Date 22 May 1973
Citation / Document Symbol S/RES/333 (1973)
Reference 1973 Security Council Resolutions
Cite as UN Security Council, Security Council resolution 333 (1973) [Southern Rhodesia], 22 May 1973, S/RES/333 (1973), available at: [accessed 19 January 2018]

Resolution 333 (1973) of 22 May 1973

The Security Council,

Recalling its resolutions 320 (1972) of 29 September 1972 and 328 (1973) of 10 March 1973,

Noting that measures so far instituted by the Security Council and the General Assembly have noted brought to an end the illegal régime in Southern Rhodesia,

Reiterating its grave concern that some States contrary to Security Council resolutions 232 (1966) of 16 December 1966, 253 (1968) of 29 May 1968 and 277 (1970) of 18 March 1970 and to their obligations under Article 25 of the Charter of the United Nations, have failed to prevent trade with the illegal régime in Southern Rhodesia,

Condemning the persistent refusal of South Africa and Portugal to co-operate with the United Nations in the effective observance and implementation of sanctions against Southern Rhodesia (Zimbabwe) in clear violation of the Charter of the United Nations,

Having considered the second special report of the Committee established in pursuance of resolution 253 (1968) (S/10920 and Corr.1),

Taking note of the letter dated 27 April from the Chairman of the Special Committee on the Situation with regard to the Implementation of the Declaration on the Granting of Independence to Colonial Countries and Peoples (S/10923),[1]

1. Approves the recommendations and suggestions contained in paragraph 10 to 22 of the second special report of the Committee established in pursuance of resolution 253 (1968);

2. Requests the Committee, as well as all Governments, and the Secretary-General as appropriate, to take urgent action to implement the recommendations and suggestions referred to above,

3. Requests States with legislation permitting importation of minerals and other products from Southern Rhodesia to repeal immediately;

4. Calls upon States to enact and enforce immediately legislation providing for the imposition of severe penalties on persons natural or juridical that evade or commit breach of sanctions by:

(a) Importing any goods from Southern Rhodesia;

(b) Exporting any goods to Southern Rhodesia;

(c) Providing any facilities for transport of goods to and from Southern Rhodesia;

(d) Conducting or facilitating any transaction or trade that may enable Southern Rhodesia to obtain from or send to any country any goods or services;

(e) Continuing to deal with clients in South Africa, Angola, Mozambique, Guinea (Bissau) and Namibia after it has become known that the clients are re-exporting the goods or components thereof to Southern Rhodesia, or that goods received from such clients are of Southern Rhodesian origin;

5. Requests States, in the event of their trading with South Africa and Portugal, to provide that purchase contracts with those countries should clearly stipulate, in a manner legally enforceable, the prohibition of dealing in goods of Southern Rhodesian origin; likewise, sales contracts with these countries should include a prohibition of resale or re-export of goods to Southern Rhodesia;

6. Calls upon States to pass legislation forbidding insurance companies under their jurisdiction from covering air flights into and out of Southern Rhodesia and individuals or air cargo carried on them;

7. Calls upon States to undertake appropriate legislative measures to ensure that all valid marine insurance contracts contain specific provisions that no goods of Southern Rhodesian origin or destined to Southern Rhodesia shall be covered by such contracts;

8. Calls upon States to inform the Committee established in pursuance of resolution 253 (1968) on their present sources of supply and quantifies of chrome, asbestos, nickel, pig iron, tobacco, meat and sugar, together with the quantities of these goods they obtained from Southern Rhodesia before the application of sanctions.

Adopted at the 1716th meeting by 12 votes to none with 3 abstentions (France, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, United States of America)


1 Ibid.

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