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UN Security Council
Resolution 1210
Oil tanker Abqaiq in 2003
Offshore Iraqi oil platform
Date 24 November 1998
Meeting no. 3,946
Code S/RES/1210 (Document)
Subject The situation between Iraq and Kuwait
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 1210 was adopted unanimously on 24 November 1998, after recalling all previous resolutions on Iraq, including resolutions 986 (1995), 1111 (1997), 1129 (1997), 1143 (1997), 1153 (1998) and 1175 (1998) concerning the Oil-for-Food Programme. The Council extended provisions relating to the export of Iraqi petroleum or petroleum products sufficient to produce US$5.256 billion worth of oil for a further 180 days.[1]

The Security Council was convinced of the need for a temporary measure to provide humanitarian assistance to the Iraqi people until the Iraqi government fulfilled the provisions of Resolution 687 (1991) and had distributed aid throughout the country equally.

Acting under Chapter VII of the United Nations Charter, the Council extended the Oil-for-Food Programme for an additional 180-day period beginning at 00:01 EST on 26 November 1998 with the provisions of Resolution 1153 remaining in effect.[2] Directing expenses for the Hajj pilgrimage to be financed by funds in the escrow account, the Council kept the maximum amount of petroleum Iraq could export at 5.256 billion U.S. dollars.

Finally, Secretary-General Kofi Annan was requested to report back to the Council by 31 December 1998 on whether Iraq was able to produce the 5.256 billion U.S. dollars' worth of oil to export and to submit a detailed list of equipment that countries were providing to help Iraq increase exports to finance humanitarian aid. He was also instructed to enhance the observation process in Iraq to ensure that the aid was distributed equally amongst all segments of the population and that all equipment was being used as authorised.

See alsoEdit


  1. "Security Council extends humanitarian assistance programme for Iraq – 'Oil-for-Food' – for 180 days beginning on 26 November". United Nations. 24 November 1998. 
  2. Anand, Vinod (2000). "Iraq under siege: Human costs of economic warfare". pp. 301–313. Digital object identifier:10.1080/09700160008455214. 

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