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UN Security Council
Resolution 502
Falkland Islands topographic map-en.svg
Map of the Falkland Islands
Date 3 April 1982
Meeting no. 2,350
Code S/RES/502 (Document)
Subject Falkland Islands (Malvinas)
Voting summary
10 voted for
1 voted against
4 abstained
Result Adopted
Security Council composition
Permanent members
  •  China
  •  France
  •  United Kingdom
  •  United States
  •  Soviet Union
Non-permanent members
  •  Guyana
  •  Ireland
  •  Jordan
  •  Japan
  •  Panama
  •  Poland
  •  Spain
  •  Togo
  •  Uganda
  •  Zaire

United Nations Security Council Resolution 502 was a resolution adopted by the United Nations Security Council on 3 April 1982. After expressing its concern at the invasion of the Falkland Islands by the armed forces of Argentina, the Council demanded an immediate cessation of hostilities between Argentina and the United Kingdom and a complete withdrawal by Argentine forces. The Council also called on the governments of Argentina and the United Kingdom to seek a diplomatic solution to the situation and refrain from further military action.

The resolution, tabled by the British representative, Amb. Sir Anthony Parsons,[1] was adopted by 10 votes to 1 against (Panama) with four abstentions (China, Poland, Spain and the Soviet Union).

Resolution 502, which was in the United Kingdom's favour, gave the UK the option to invoke Article 51 of the United Nations Charter and claim the right of self-defence. It was supported by members of the Commonwealth and by the European Economic Community, which later imposed sanctions on Argentina.[2][3]

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  1. "Falklands War: The first day, 2 April 1982". BBC News. 2 April 2002. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/1899334.stm. 
  2. Gibran, Daniel K. (2007). The Falklands War: Britain Versus the Past in the South Atlantic. McFarland. pp. 77. ISBN 978-0-7864-3736-8. 
  3. Maechling Jr, Charles (27 April 1982). "The legalities of the Falkland Islands crisis". The Day. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=ChMhAAAAIBAJ&sjid=QXUFAAAAIBAJ&pg=1755,5144126&dq=. 

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