HC Deb 30 November 1979 vol 974 cc870-1W
Mr. Marlow

asked the Lord Privy Seal what were the circumstances under which it was agreed that resolutions under articles 39 and 41 of the United Nations Charter should be binding on the United Kingdom.

Mr. Hurd

On 23 August 1945, this House approved the ratification of the United Nations Charter, which had been signed by the United Kingdom at San Francisco on 26 June that year. Article 25 of the charter provides that members agree to accept and carry out the decisions of the Security Council in accordance with the charter. Both articles 39 and 41 of the charter provide for the Security Council to take decisions, once it has determined the existence of a threat to the peace, breach of the peace or act of aggression, and such decisions are generally accepted as being decisions to which article 25 applies.

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