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UN Security Council
Resolution 1072
Burundi - Lake Tanganyika fisheries
Fishermen at Lake Tanganyika in Burundi
Date 30 August 1996
Meeting no. 3,695
Code S/RES/1072 (Document)
Subject The situation in Burundi
Voting summary
15 voted for
None voted against
None abstained
Result Adopted
Security Council composition
Permanent members
  • Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg China
  • Flag of France.svg France
  • Flag of Russia.svg Russia
  • Flag of the United Kingdom.svg United Kingdom
  • Flag of the United States.svg United States
Non-permanent members
  • Flag of Botswana.svg Botswana
  • Flag of Chile.svg Chile
  • Flag of Egypt.svg Egypt
  • Flag of Guinea-Bissau.svg Guinea-Bissau
  • Flag of Germany.png Germany
  • Flag of Honduras.svg Honduras
  • Flag of Indonesia.svg Indonesia
  • Flag of Italy.svg Italy
  • Flag of South Korea.svg South Korea
  • Flag of Poland.svg Poland

United Nations Security Council resolution 1072, adopted unanimously on 30 August 1996, after reaffirming all resolutions and statements by the President of the Security Council on the civil war in Burundi, the Council discussed efforts for a political settlement to the conflict in the country.[1]

An attempted military coup was condemned by the Council and concern was expressed regarding the humanitarian situation in the country and was marked by killings, massacres, torture and arbitrary detention which threatened peace and stability in the Great Lakes region. Attacks on humanitarian aid workers were condemned, and the need to establish humanitarian aid corridors was emphasised. Meanwhile, there were attempts to restart dialogue and launch negotiations, as the Council noted that, in Resolution 1040 (1996), further measures could be imposed against Burundi. The overthrow of the legitimate government and constitutional order in Burundi was condemned. The regime was called upon to restore the constitutional order and the National Assembly and to lift the ban on political parties. All hostilities were urged to be ceased immediately, and the convening of a conference on regional stability was urged.[2]

The resolution stated that the matter would be reconsidered again on 31 October 1996 and asked the Secretary-General Boutros Boutros-Ghali to report by then on the situation in Burundi including the state of negotiations. If little or no progress was made, a possible arms embargo and restrictions against the leaders of the regime would be considered under the United Nations Charter.[3]

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