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Salient. An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria College, Wellington, N.Z. Vol. 14, No. 5. May 24, 1951

Action for Peace

Action for Peace

The Council did not have at its disposal the forces that it should have had under Article 43 for enforcement purposes. Therefore, as the military situation deteriorated it was decided to establish a unified command. The following resolution was adopted on July 7:—

The Security Council,—

Having determined that the armed attack upon the Republic of Korea by forces from North Korea constitutes a breach of the peace,

Having recommended that Members of the United Nations [unclear: furnv] such assistance to the Republic of Korea us may be necessary to repel the armed attack and to restore international peace and security in the area,
1.Welcomes the prompt and vigor ous support which governments and people of the United Nations have given to its resolutions of June 25 and 27, 1950, to assist the Republic of Korea in defending itself against armed attack and thus to restore international peace and security in the area;
2.Notes that Members of the United Nations have transmitted to the United Nations offers of assistance for the Republic of Korea;
3.Recommends that all Members providing military forces and other assistance pursuant to the aforesaid Security Council resolutions make such forces and other assistance available to a unified command under the United States;
4.Requests the United States to designate the commander of such forces;
5.Authorises the unified command at its discretion to use the United Nations flag in the course of operations against North Korean forces concurrently with the flags of the various nations participating;
6.Requests the United States to provide the Security Council with reports as appropriate on the course of action under the unified command.

The resolution was passed 7 to 0, with Egypt, India, and Yugoslavia abstaining. The U.S.S.R., meanwhile, claimed that the decisions taken by the Security Council in its absence were illegal. A statement made on July 4 by Mr. Andrei A. Gromyko, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister, was, at the request of Mr. Yakov A. Malik, permanent representative of the USSR to the United Nations, circulated as an official document of the Security Council.