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UN Security Council
Resolution 1235
Date 14 May 1999
Meeting no. 4,002
Code S/RES/1235 (Document)
Subject The situation concerning Western Sahara
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 Argentina.svg Argentina
  • Flag of Bahrain (1972–2002).svg Bahrain
  • Flag of Brazil.svg Brazil
  • Flag of Canada.svg Canada
  • Flag of Gabon.svg Gabon
  • Flag of The Gambia.svg Gambia
  • Flag of Malaysia.svg Malaysia
  • Flag of Namibia.svg Namibia
  • Flag of the Netherlands.svg Netherlands
  • Flag of Slovenia.svg Slovenia

United Nations Security Council resolution 1238, adopted unanimously on 14 May 1999, after reaffirming all previous resolutions on the question of the Western Sahara, the Council extended the mandate of the United Nations Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara (MINURSO) until 14 September 1999.[1] The Security Council welcomed the acceptance by the Government of Morocco and the Polisario Front concerning the detailed modalities for the implementation of the Secretary-General Kofi Annan's package of measures relating to voter identification, the appeals process and the revised implementation timetable as part of the Settlement Plan. MINURSO's mandate was extended to allow for the resumption of the identification process, the beginning of the appeals process and the conclusion of all outstanding agreements relating to the Settlement Plan.[2] The Council supported the increase in staff at the Identification Commission from 25 to 30 members.

The Secretary-General was requested to report every 45 days on developments concerning the Settlement Plan, particularly with regards to the co-operation of both parties relating to voter identification, protocols relating to refugees and confirmation that the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) was operational in the region. Additionally, the UNHCR was instructed to provide reports on confidence-building measures and timelines for their implementation. Finally, the Secretary-General was required to submit a revised timetable for the holding of a referendum on self-determination for the people of Western Sahara and the financial implications, in accordance with the Settlement Plan.

See alsoEdit


  1. "Security Council extends mandate of MINURSO until 14 September". United Nations. 14 May 1999. 
  2. United Nations, Office of Public Information (1999). UN monthly chronicle, Volumes 36–37. United Nations, Office of Public Information. p. 71. 

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