Security Council resolution 163 (1961) [Question relating to Angola]

163 (1961). Resolution of 9 June 1961


The Security Council,

Having considered the situation in Angola,

Deeply deploring the large-scale killings and the severely repressive measures in Angola,

Taking note of the grave concern and strong reactions to such occurrences throughout the continent of Africa and in other parts of the world,

Convinced that the continuance of the situation in Angola is an actual and potential cause of international friction and is likely to endanger the maintenance of international peace and security,

Recalling General Assembly resolution 1542 (XV) of 15 December 1960, declaring Angola among others a Non-Self-Governing Territory within the meaning of Chapter XI of the Charter of the United Nations, as well as General Assembly resolution 1514 (XV) of 14 December 1960, by which the General Assembly declared without dissent that the subjection of peoples to alien subjugation, domination and exploitation constitutes a denial of fundamental human rights, is contrary to the Charter of the United Nations and is an impediment to the promotion of world peace and co-operation, and asked for immediate steps to be taken to transfer all powers to the peoples of those territories, without any conditions or reservations, in accordance with their freely expressed will and desire, without any distinction as to race, creed or colour, in order to enable them to enjoy complete independence and freedom,

1. Reaffirms General Assembly resolution 1603 (XV) of 20 April 1961 and calls upon Portugal to act in accordance with the terms of that resolution;

2. Requests the Sub-Committee on the Situation in Angola, appointed under the terms of the aforesaid General Assembly resolution, to implement its mandate without delay;

3. Calls upon the Portuguese authorities to desist forthwith from repressive measures and further to extend every facility to the Sub-Committee to enable it to perform its task expeditiously;

4. Expresses the hope that a peaceful solution will be found to the problem of Angola in accordance with the Charter of the United Nations;

5. Requests the Sub-Committee to report to the Security Council and the General Assembly as soon as possible.

Adopted at the 956th meeting by 9 votes to none, with 2 abstentions (France, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland).


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