United Nations Security Council Resolution 1483
, adopted on May 22, 2003, after recalling all previous resolutions on the situation between Iraq
, the Council lifted trade sanctions against Iraq (excluding an arms embargo
) and terminated the Oil-for-Food Programme
The resolution was drafted by the United States
and co-sponsored by Spain
and the United Kingdom
; it was approved by 14 of 15 Security Council members as Syria
did not participate in the voting.
The Security Council reaffirmed the importance of the disarmament
of Iraqi weapons of mass destruction
and the right of the Iraqi people to determine their own political future and control of their natural resources
. It encouraged efforts to form a representative government to afford equal rights and justice to all Iraqi citizens, and recalled Resolution 1325
(2000) on women to that effect.
Furthermore, the Council determined that the United Nations should play a vital role in humanitarian relief
and reconstruction efforts and the development of institutions in Iraq. It welcomed the resumption of humanitarian efforts and the appointment of a Special Adviser by the Secretary-General Kofi Annan
. Meanwhile, the preamble of the resolution affirmed the need for accountability for the crimes committed by the previous Iraqi regime under Saddam Hussein
and respect for Iraqi heritage.
The Council recognised the... Read More