Press Releases

    12 December 2002


    Intends to Fully Consider Monitoring Mechanism’s Additional Report
    Focused on Recent Violations, Identification of Frozen UNITA Funds

    NEW YORK, 11 December (UN Headquarters) -- Welcoming progress towards peace in Angola, the Security Council this afternoon decided to lift the remaining sanctions on the National Union for the Total Independence of Angola (UNITA), including materiel embargoes, travel restrictions and the freezing of assets imposed by Council resolutions beginning with resolution 864 of 1993.

    By today’s unanimous adoption of resolution 1448 (2002), the Council also decided to dissolve the Angola Sanctions Committee and to close the United Nations Trust Fund that supported the Expert Panels formed to investigate violations of sanctions against UNITA.

    At the same time, the Council, through further terms of the resolution, expressed its intention to give full consideration to the additional report of the Angola Monitoring Mechanism, which had been requested by resolution 1439 of October 2002. In that resolution, the Council had requested that the report focus on sanctions violations that might have occurred in recent months, as well on the identification of frozen UNITA funds.

    The meeting, which began at 3:15 p.m., adjourned at 3:17 p.m.


    The full text of resolution 1448 (2002) reads, as follows:

    "The Security Council,

    "Reaffirming its resolutions 864 (1993) of 15 September 1993 and all subsequent relevant resolutions, in particular resolutions 1127 (1997) of 28 August 1997, 1173 (1998) of 12 June 1998, 1237 (1999) of 7 May 1999, 1295 (2000) of 18 April 2000, 1336 (2001) of 23 January 2001, 1348 (2001) of 19 April 2001, 1374 (2001) of 19 October 2001, 1404 (2002) of 18 April 2002, 1412 (2002) of 17 May 2002, 1432 (2002) of 15 August 2002, 1433 (2002) of 15 August 2002 and 1439 (2002) of 18 October 2002,

    "Reaffirming also its commitment to preserve the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Angola,

    "Welcoming the steps taken by the Government of Angola and Uniao Nacional para a Independencia Total de Angola (UNITA) towards the full implementation of the "Accordos de Paz", the Lusaka Protocol (S/1994/1441, annex), the Memorandum of Understanding of 4 April 2002 (S/2002/483), relevant Security Council resolutions, and the completion of the work of the Joint Commission,

    "Expressing once again its concern regarding the humanitarian effects of the present situation on the civilian population of Angola,

    "Acting under Chapter VII of the Charter of the United Nations,

    "1. Expresses its intention to give full consideration to the additional report of the monitoring mechanism established pursuant to resolution 1295 (2000) to be submitted pursuant to paragraph 6 of resolution 1439 (2002);

    "2. Requests the monitoring mechanism established pursuant to resolution 1295 (2000) to present the report required by paragraph 4 of resolution 1439 (2002) to the Council;

    "3. Decides that the measures imposed by paragraph 19 of resolution 864 (1993), paragraph 4 (c) and (d) of resolution 1127 (1997) and paragraphs 11 and 12 of resolution 1173 (1998) shall cease to have effect from the date of adoption of this resolution;

    "4. Decides further to dissolve the Committee established by paragraph 22 of resolution 864 (1993) with immediate effect;

    "5. Decides to request that the Secretary-General close the United Nations Trust Fund established pursuant to paragraph 11 of resolution 1237 (1999) and to make the necessary arrangements to reimburse, on a proportionate basis, those Members States who provided voluntary contributions to the United Nations Trust Fund."

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