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UN General Assembly Resolutions: Resolution 999

(November 4, 1956)

In spite of Resolution 997 calling for a cease-fire and the withdrawal of forces, fighting went on. By 4 November, most of Sinai was in Israeli hands. The General Assembly then passed two Resolutions. The first, 998 (ES-I), called upon the Secretary-General to submit within forty-eight hours a plan for setting up an emergency United Nations force; the second, 999 (ES-I), reaffirmed Resolution 99Z This Resolution was passed with 59 votes for, 5 against and 12 abstentions.

The General Assembly,

Noting with regret that not all the parties concerned have yet agreed to comply with the provisions of its Resolution 997 (ES-I) of 2 November 1956,

Noting the special priority given in that Resolution to an immediate cease-fire and, as part thereof, to the halting of the movement of military forces and arms into the area,

Noting further that the Resolution urged the parties to the armistice agreements promptly to withdraw all forces behind the armistice lines, to desist from raids across the armistice lines into neighbouring territory, and to observe scrupulously the provisions of the armistice agreements,

1. Reaffirms its Resolution 997 (ES-I), and once again calls upon the parties immediately to comply with the provisions of the said Resolution;

2. Authorizes the Secretary-General immediately to arrange with the parties concerned for the implementation of the cease-fire and the halting of the movement of military forces and arms into the area, and requests him to report compliance forthwith and, in any case, not later than twelve hours from the time of adoption of the present Resolution;

3. Requests the Secretary-General, with the assistance of the Chief of Staff and the members of the United Nations Truce Supervision Organization, to obtain compliance of the withdrawal of all forces behind the armistice lines;

4. Decides to meet again immediately on receipt of the Secretary-General's report referred to in paragraph 2 of the present Resolution.

Sources: The United Nations