20TH FEBRUARY 1957

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THE INDIA-PAKISTAN QUESTION, AUSTRALIA, CUBA, UNITED KINGDOM OF GREAT BRITAIN AND NORTHERN IRELAND AND UNITED STATES OF AMERICA: *JOINT DRAFT RESOLUTION

THE SECURITY COUNCIL

Recalling its resolution of 24 January 1957, its previous resolutions and the resolutions of the United Nations Commission for India and Pakistan on the India-Pakistan question;

Having taken into consideration the statements of the representatives of the Governments of India and Pakistan;

Concerned at the lack of progress in settling the dispute;

Considering the importance which it has attached to the demilitarization of the State of Jammu and Kashmir as a step towards the settlement of the dispute;

Noting that demilitarization preparatory to the holding of a free and impartial plebiscite under United Nations auspices has not been achieved in accordance with the resolutions of the United Nations Commission for India and Pakistan;

Noting the proposal of the representative of Pakistan for the use of a temporary United Nations force in connexion with demilitarization;

Believing that, insofar as it might contribute towards the achievement of demilitarization as envisaged in the resolutions of the United Nations Commission for India and Pakistan and towards the pacific settlement of the dispute, the use of such a force would deserve consideration;

  1. Requests the President of the Security Council, the representative of Sweden, to examine with the Governments of India and Pakistan proposals which, in his opinion, are likely to contribute to the achievement of demilitarization or to the establishment of other conditions for progress towards the settlement of the dispute, having regard to the previous resolutions of the Security Council and of the United Nations Commission for India and Pakistan, and bearing in mind the statements of the representatives of the Governments of India and Pakistan and the proposal for the use of a temporary United Nations force;

  2. Authorizes him to visit the sub-continent for this purpose;

  3. Requests him to report to the Security Council as soon as possible but not later than 15 April 1957;

  4. Invites the Governments of India and Pakistan to cooperate with him in the performance of these functions;

  5. Requests the Secretary-General and the United Nations representative for India and Pakistan to render such assistance to him as he may request.


*The Security Council voted on this Resolution (S/3787) on February 20, 1957 with the following result:-

Infavour: Australia, China, Columbia, Cuba, France, Iraq, Philippines, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, United States of America.

Against Union of Soviet Socialist Republics.

Abstaining: Sweden.

The President (Mr. Jarring, the Representative of Sweden) announced the result in the following words:
"There were 9 votes in favor, one against and one abstention. Since the negative vote was cast by a member of the Council the joint draft resolution has not been adopted".

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