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UN General Assembly Resolutions: Resolution 1000

(November 5, 1956)

In the morning hours of November 5, 1956, Israel occupied the last Egyptian stronghold in Sinai Sharm el-Sheikh, and thus completed the military operations begun on 29 October. On that day, the Secretary-General submitted a plan for a United Nations emergency force. This enabled Canada, Norway and Colombia to submit the following Resolution, which was passed by the General Assembly with 57 votes for, none against, and 19 abstentions:

The General Assembly,

Having requested the Secretary-General, in its Resolution 998 (ES-I) of 4 November 1956, to submit to it a plan for an emergency international United Nations Force, for the purposes stated,

Noting with satisfaction the first report of the Secretary-General on the plan, and having in mind particularly paragraph 4 of that report,

1. Establishes a United Nations Command for an emergency international force to secure and supervise the cessation of hostilities in accordance with all the terms of the General Assembly Resolution 997 (ES-I) of 2 November 1956;

2. Appoints, on an emergency basis, the Chief of Staff of the United Nations Truce Supervision Organization, Major-General E. L. M. Burns, as Chief of the Command;

3. Authorizes the Chief of the Command immediately to recruit, from the observer corps of the United Nations Truce Supervision Organization, a limited number of officers who shall be nationals of countries other than those having permanent membership in the Security Council, and further authorizes him, in consultation with the Secretary-General, to undertake the recruitment directly, from various Member States other than the permanent members of the Security Council, of the additional number of officers needed;

4. Invites the Secretary-General to take such administrative measures as may be necessary for the prompt execution of the actions envisaged in the present Resolution.

Sources: The United Nations