United Nations General Assembly Resolution 377

United Nations General Assembly Resolution 377

United Nations General Assembly Resolution 377

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United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) resolution 377 (V), the "Uniting for Peace" resolution, states that, in cases where the Security Council, because of a lack of unanimity of the permanent members, fails to act in order to maintain international peace and security, the General Assembly shall consider the matter immediately and may issue non-binding recommendations. If not in session at the time the General Assembly may meet using the mechanism of the emergency special session.

The Uniting for Peace resolution—also known as the "Acheson Plan"—was adopted 3 November 1950, after fourteen days of Assembly discussions, by a vote of 52 to 5 (Czechoslovakia, Poland, Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic, Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, Byelorussian Soviet Socialist Republic), with 2 abstentions (India and Argentina).

In it, the General Assembly:

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"''Reaffirming'' the importance of the exercise by the Security Council of its primary responsibility for the maintenance of international peace and security, and the duty of the permanent members to seek unanimity and to exercise restraint in the use of the veto," ...
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<blockquote>"Recognizing in particular that such failure does not deprive the General Assembly of its rights or relieve it of its responsibilities under the Charter in...
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