Press Releases

    SC/7438
    1 July 2002

    Security Council Authorizes Three-Day Extension for Peacekeeping Mission in Bosnia and Herzegovina

    Unanimous Adoption of Resolution 1420 (2002) Follows Council's Earlier Rejectionof Extension Until 31 December 2002

    NEW YORK, 30 June (UN Headquarters) -- The Security Council this evening extended the mandate of the United Nations Mission in Bosnia and Herzegovina (UNMIBH), due to expire today, until 3 July 2002.

    Unanimously adopting resolution 1420 (2002), the Council, acting under Chapter VII of the Charter of the United Nations, decided that the provisions of its resolution 1357 (2001) should continue to be in force until 3 July, 2002. That resolution, adopted on 21 June 2001, had extended UNMIBH's mandate and authorized the continuation of the multinational stabilization force (SFOR) until 21 June 2002. On that date, the Council adopted resolution 1418 (2001), extending the provision until 30 June.

    The resolution was sponsored by France, United Kingdom, Ireland and Norway.

    Earlier today, the United States had vetoed another draft resolution on the matter (see Press Release SC/7437. For more background information, see Press Releases SC/7080 of 21 June 2001, SC/7427 of 19 June and SC/7430 of 21 June.)

    The meeting began at 6:41 p.m. and adjourned at 6:45 p.m.

    Resolution

    The full text of Security Council resolution 1420 (2002) reads as follows:

    "The Security Council,

    "Recalling all its previous relevant resolutions concerning the conflicts in the former Yugoslavia, in particular its resolutions 1357 (2001) of 21 June 2001 and 1418 (2002) of 21 June 2002,

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

    "1. Decides that the provisions of its resolution 1357 (2001) shall continue in force until 3 July 2002;

    "2. Decides to remain seized of the matter."

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