The United Nations Security Council

1858 Words Nov 26th, 2014 8 Pages
On May 12, 1970, the United Nations Security Council entered Resolution 279, which read, simply, “Demands the immediate withdrawal of all Israeli armed forces from Lebanese territory.” So starts the first of many resolutions about the Israeli-Palestinian war.
In 1946, the Security Council was formed pursuant to the Charter of the United Nations, an intergovernmental organization comprised of 15 states. The Security Council falls under the United Nations charter as an agency with discretionary powers to deal with threats to peace and/or security (Orakhelashvili, 2005). The United Nations approaches peacekeeping based on three principles: consent of the parties, impartiality, and non-use of force except in self-defense and defense of the mandate (United Nations, 2014).
Consent of the parties not only has liability implications but ensures that the parties, including the UNSC is on the same page. Impartiality is crucial in that it is the crux to consent of the parties. That is, impartiality creates trust between the parties and that trust motivates consent to UNSC peacekeeping strategies. The non-use of force has been one of the UN’s principles since its inception and continues to be a principle to date. The inclusion of a defense exception protects the UNSC personnel who frequently find themselves in situations where military, gangs or other combatants are present. To that end, the UNSC is authorized to use whatever force is necessary to protect itself and/or…
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