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UN Security Council
Resolution 681
Date: 20 December 1990
Meeting no.: 2,970
Code: S/RES/681 (Document)

Vote: For: 15 Abs.: 0 Against: 0
Subject: Territories occupied by Israel
Result: Adopted

Security Council composition in 1990:
permanent members:

 CHN  FRA  UK  USA  USSR

non-permanent members:
 CAN  CIV  COL  CUB  ETH
 FIN  MAS  ROM  YEM  COD

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The Middle East

United Nations Security Council Resolution 681, adopted unanimously on December 20, 1990, after receiving the report from the Secretary-General Javier Pérez de Cuéllar authorised in Resolution 672 (1990) regarding the riots at Temple Mount, the Council expressed its concern over Israel's rejection of resolutions 672 (1990) and 673 (1990).

The Council went on to condemn Israel for its decision to resume the deportation of Palestinians from the occupied territories, urging the Israeli government to accept the de jure applicability of the Fourth Geneva Convention of 1949 and abide by it. Israel said they were deported for "inciting violence".[1]

Resolution 681 went on to request the Secretary-General, in accordance with his recommendation in the report, to examine possible measures that may be taken by him, the High Contracting Parties of the Fourth Convention and the International Committee of the Red Cross, under the Convention, reporting to the Council the progress of discussions. It also required the Secretary-General to continue to monitor the situation in the area, reporting back in the first week of March 1991 and every four weeks thereafter.

The resolution was passed during tensions regarding the invasion of Kuwait by Iraq, with which Saddam Hussein had been attempting to link the resolution of the Kuwaiti problem with a solution to the Palestinian issue.[2]

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