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UN Security Council
Resolution 1197
Organisation of African unity
Membership of the OAU
Date 18 September 1998
Meeting no. 3,928
Code S/RES/1197 (Document)
Subject The situation in Africa
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 Bahrain (1972–2002).svg Bahrain
  • Flag of Brazil.svg Brazil
  • Flag of Costa Rica.svg Costa Rica
  • Flag of Gabon.svg Gabon
  • Flag of The Gambia.svg Gambia
  • Flag of Japan.svg Japan
  • Flag of Kenya.svg Kenya
  • Flag of Portugal.svg Portugal
  • Flag of Slovenia.svg Slovenia
  • Flag of Sweden.svg Sweden

United Nations Security Council resolution 1197, adopted unanimously on 18 September 1998, after reaffirming its primary responsibility to maintain international peace and security, the Council addressed co-operation efforts with the Organisation of African Unity (OAU).[1]

The Security Council considered the recommendations in a report by the Secretary-General Kofi Annan on "The causes of conflict and the promotion of durable peace and sustainable development in Africa" regarding the need for the United Nations to provide support and assistance to regional and subregional organisations in the area of conflict prevention.[2] It recalled the provisions of Chapter VIII of the United Nations Charter to this effect.

The Secretary-General was invited to assist the OAU and African subregional organisations to establish logistics assessment teams and to determine the logistical and financial requirements of regional or subregional peacekeeping operations. He was also asked to further the development of a commonly accepted peacekeeping doctrine with Member States and share existing concepts of peacekeeping operations with the OAU and subregional organisations. They were also asked to establish logistics assessment teams. Partnerships between countries and regional organisations involved in peace operations were encouraged, and the Council welcomed a proposal by the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) to establish a "council of elders" within its "Mechanism for the Prevention, Management, Resolution of Conflict, Peacekeeping and Security" to facilitate mediation efforts and asked for preparations to be made towards its establishment.

In part II of the resolution, the Council endorsed the establishment of a United Nations Preventative Action Liaison Office in the OAU.[3] It encouraged the enhancement of consultation and co-ordination between the United Nations, the OAU and subregional organisations. Finally, the Secretary-General was invited to, and subsequently asked to implement the following measures:

(a) adopt mechanisms to improve the flow of information between the United Nations, OAU and subregional organisations;
(b) develop common indicators for an early warning system and to share this among their field representatives and headquarters;
(c) arrange visits of staff between the United Nations, OAU and subregional organisations;
(d) arrange joint meanings on areas concerning early warning systems and prevention, with the aim of co-ordinating initiatives with existing and potential conflicts.

See alsoEdit


  1. "Security Council, acting on situation in Africa, asks Secretary-General to aid African organisations in strengthening peacekeeping mechanisms". United Nations. 18 September 1998. 
  2. Annan, Kofi (13 April 1998). "Report of the Secretary-General on the situation in Africa". United Nations. 
  3. Francis, Dana (1998). Peacekeeping or peace enforcement?: conflict intervention in Africa. World Peace Foundation. p. 20. 

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