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UN Security Council Resolution 688, Iraq

Published April 5, 1991



UN Security Council Resolution 688, Iraq

The resolution condemns the repression of the Iraqi civilian population, including a clause to protect Kurdish refugees on the Turkish border. The no-fly zone in northern Iraq was not explicit in the resolution, but it was regarded that in order to protect both ground troops entering the area and airdrops of aid to the Kurdish population, a no-fly zone over the area was implied in northern Iraq. The resolution insists that Iraq allow international humanitarian organizations immediate access to all people in need of assistance and make available all necessary facilities for their operations. The resolution requests the Secretary-General pursue his humanitarian efforts in Iraq and report on the troubles of the Iraqi civilian population, in particular the Kurdish population and the suffering from repression inflicted by the Iraqi authorities.

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