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UN Security Council
Resolution 665
Persian Gulf EN
The Persian Gulf
Date 25 August 1990
Meeting no. 2,938
Code S/RES/665 (Document)
Subject Iraq-Kuwait
Voting summary
13 voted for
None voted against
2 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 the United Kingdom.svg United Kingdom
  • Flag of the United States.svg United States
  • Flag of the Soviet Union.svg Soviet Union
Non-permanent members
  • Flag of Canada.svg Canada
  • Flag of Côte d'Ivoire.svg Cote d'Ivoire
  • Flag of Colombia.svg Colombia
  • Flag of Cuba.svg Cuba
  • Flag of Ethiopia (1987–1991).svg Ethiopia
  • Flag of Finland.svg Finland
  • Flag of Malaysia.svg Malaysia
  • Flag of Romania.svg Romania
  • Flag of Yemen.svg Yemen
  • Flag of Zaire.svg Zaire

United Nations Security Council resolution 665, adopted on 25 August 1990, after demanding the full and immediate implementation of resolutions 660, 661, 662 and 664, the Council authorised a naval blockade to enforce the embargo against Iraq, in the aftermath of its invasion of Kuwait on 2 August 1990.

On 6 August 1990, after the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait, the Security Council adopted Resolution 661 (1990) which imposed economic sanctions on Iraq, providing for a full trade embargo, excluding medical supplies, food and other items of humanitarian necessity, these to be determined by the Security Council sanctions committee. After authorising the naval blockade, the Council invited Member States to co-operate with one another, and with the Military Staff Committee, to ensure compliance with the provisions of Resolution 661 (1990). It also requested the Secretary-General to report back to the Council on developments in the situation.

Resolution 665 was adopted by 13 votes to none, with two abstentions from Cuba and Yemen. It avoided invoking the authority and purview of the Council under Article 42, Chapter VII, which would make the blockade legally enforceable.[1]

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  1. United Nations: Department of Political Affairs (1989). Repertoire of the Practice of the Security Council: Supplement 1989–1992. United Nations Publications. p. 587. ISBN 978-92-1-137030-0. 

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