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United Nations Security Council Resolution 1285 – Croatia

United Nations Security Council Resolution 1285 – Croatia

Resolution 1285 (2000)

The Security Council,

Recalling all its earlier relevant resolutions, in particular itsresolutions 779 (1992) of 6 October 1992, 981 (1995) of 31 March 1995,1147 (1998) of 13 January 1998, 1183 (1998) of 15 July 1998, 1222 (1999) of15 January 1999 and 1252 (1999) of 15 July 1999,

Having considered the report of the Secretary-General of 31 December 1999(S/1999/1302) on the United Nations Mission of Observers in Prevlaka (UNMOP),

Recalling also the letters to its President, from the Chargé d’Affaires ofthe Federal Republic of Yugoslavia of 24 December 1999 (S/1999/1278) and fromthe Permanent Representative of Croatia of 10 January 2000 (S/2000/8),concerning the disputed issue of Prevlaka,

Reaffirming once again its commitment to the independence, sovereignty andterritorial integrity of the Republic of Croatia within its internationallyrecognized borders,

Noting once again the Joint Declaration signed at Geneva on30 September 1992 by the Presidents of the Republic of Croatia and the FederalRepublic of Yugoslavia, in particular articles 1 and 3, the latter reaffirmingtheir agreement concerning the demilitarization of the Prevlaka peninsula,

Reiterating its concern about violations of the demilitarization regime,including limitations placed on the free movement of United Nations militaryobservers, while noting some positive development in those fields as outlined inthe report of the Secretary-General,

Noting with satisfaction that the opening of crossing points betweenCroatia and the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (Montenegro) in the demilitarized zone continue to facilitate civilian and commercial traffic in both directions without security incidents and continue to represent a significant confidence-building measure in the normalization of relations between the two parties, and urging the parties to utilize these openings as a basis for further confidence-building measures to achieve the normalization of relations between them,

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Reiterating its serious concerns about the lack of substantive progress towards a settlement of the disputed issue of Prevlaka in the continuing bilateral negotiations between the parties pursuant to the Agreement on Normalization of Relations between the Republic of Croatia and the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia of 23 August 1996 (S/1996/706, annex), and calling forthe resumption of discussions,

Reiterating its call upon the parties urgently to put in place a comprehensive demining programme,

Commending the role played by UNMOP, and noting also that the presence ofthe United Nations military observers continues to be essential to maintain conditions that are conducive to a negotiated settlement of the disputed issue of Prevlaka,

  1. Authorizes the United Nations military observers to continuemonitoring the demilitarization of the Prevlaka peninsula, in accordance withresolutions 779 (1992) and 981 (1995) and paragraphs 19 and 20 of the report ofthe Secretary-General of 13 December (S/1995/1028*), until 15 July 2000;

2. Reiterates its calls upon the parties to cease all violations of thedemilitarization regime in the United Nations designated zones, to take stepsfurther to reduce tension and to improve safety and security in the area, tocooperate fully with the United Nations military observers and to ensure theirsafety and full and unrestricted freedom of movement;

3. Notes with satisfaction that, pursuant to its request in resolution1252 (1999), the parties have been provided with recommendations and options todevelop confidence-building measures, encourages the parties to take concretesteps to implement such recommendations and options with a view to, inter alia,further facilitating the freedom of movement of the civilian population, andrequests the Secretary-General to report on the matter by 15 April 2000;

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4. Urges once again that the parties abide by their mutual commitmentsand implement fully the Agreement on Normalization of Relations, and stresses inparticular the urgent need for them to fulfil rapidly and in good faith theircommitment to reach a negotiated resolution of the disputed issue of Prevlaka inaccordance with article 4 of the Agreement;

5. Requests the parties to continue to report at least bi-monthly to theSecretary-General on the status of their bilateral negotiations;

6. Requests the United Nations military observers and the multinational stabilization force authorized by the Council in resolution 1088 (1996) of 12 December 1996 and extended by resolution 1247 (1999) of 18 June 1999 to cooperate fully with each other;

7. Decides to remain seized of the matter.

Adopted by the Security Council at its 4088th meeting,on 13 January 2000.

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