The Security Council of the United Nations passed a resolution Thursday (9 April) deploring the action of Great Britain in attacking a Yemeni fort at Mareeb.
Vote on resolution, Stevenson comment on amendments, Dean comment on abstention.
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Background: The Security Council of the United Nations passed a resolution Thursday (9 April) deploring the action of Great Britain in attacking a Yemeni fort at Mareeb. The resolution was introduced Wednesday by Morocco, speaking for a group of Arab Nations. The vote was nine in favour, none opposed and two abstentions, Great Britain and the United States.
The resolution deplored the attack, condemned 'reprisals' in general, and asked the Secretary General of the United Nations to use his good offices in settling the dispute.
The dispute began when yemen charged Britain with aggression before the Security Council. The British denied the charges and said they had attacked the fort in order to defend the Federation of South Arabia against Yemeni aggression.
US Ambassador Adlai Stevenson proposed various amendments to the resolution, but, as they were not acceptable to the sponsoring nations, they were never voted on. Sir Patrick Dean, British Ambassador, said after the vote that he had abstained on instructions from his government, which had ordered him not to vote against the resolution.