Security Council resolution 268 (1969) [Complaint by Zambia]

Resolution 268 (1969) of 28 July 1969

The Security Council,

Having heard the statements by the parties,

Mindful of its responsibility to take effective collective measures for the prevention and removal of threats to international peace and security,

Bearing in mind that all States should refrain in their international relations from the threat or use of force against the territorial integrity or political independence of any State of in any manner inconsistent with the purposes of the United Nations,

Concerned about the grave situation created by the Portuguese bombing of Lote village in the Katete District of the Eastern Province of Zambia bordering the Territory of Mozambique,

Gravely concerned that incidents of this nature endanger international peace and security,

1. Strongly censures the Portuguese attacks on Lote village in the Katete District of the Eastern Province of Zambia resulting in the loss of Zambian civilian life and property;

2. Calls upon Portugal to desist forthwith from violating the territorial integrity of, and from carrying out unprovoked raids against, Zambia;

3. Demands the immediate release and repatriation of all civilians from Zambia kidnapped by Portuguese military forces operating in the colonial Territories of Angola and Mozambique;

4. Further demands from Portugal the return of all property unlawfully taken by Portuguese military forces from Zambian territory;

5. Declares that in the event of failure on the part of Portugal to comply with paragraph 2 of the present resolution, the Security Council will meet to consider further measures;

6. Decides to remain seized of the matter.

Adopted at the 1491st meeting by 11 votes to none, with 4 abstentions (France, Spain, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, United States of America).


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