United Nations Security Council Resolution 874

UN Security Council
Resolution 874

Region of conflict
Date 14 October 1993
Meeting no. 3,292
Code S/RES/874 (Document)
Subject Armenia-Azerbaijan
Voting summary
15 voted for
None voted against
None abstained
Result Adopted
Security Council composition
Permanent members
Non-permanent members

United Nations Security Council resolution 874, adopted unanimously on 14 October 1993, after reaffirming resolutions 822 (1993) and 853 (1993), the Council expressed its concern at the continuing conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan in Nagorno-Karabakh, in addition to the inviolability of international borders and the inadmissibility of the use of force for the acquisition of territory, and called upon the parties to observe the ceasefire agreed with by the Government of Russia and OSCE Minsk Group.

The Council, after reiterating its support for the peace process, called on both sides to accept the OSCE's "Adjusted Timetable of Urgent Steps", which was agreed to by Armenia, rejected by Azerbaijan and the Karabakh authorities delayed responding.[1] The "Adjusted Timetable" included proposals relating to withdrawal of forces from recently occupied territories and the removal of all obstacles to communications and transportation; all other issues not addressed, according to the Council, should be settled through peaceful negotiation.

The resolution then called for an early convening of the OSCE Minsk Conference for the purpose of arriving at a negotiated settlement to the conflict, requesting the Secretary-General Boutros Boutros-Ghali to attend the Conference and to provide all possible assistance for the substantive negotiations that would take place. It also called on parties to refrain from violations of international humanitarian law and to allow unimpeded access for international organisations to deliver humanitarian aid.

Resolution 874 was also the first resolution on the topic of the conflict to urge states in the region to refrain from any hostile acts and from any interference or intervention which would lead to the widening of the conflict. At the end of October, fighting broke out at the Azerbaijani-Iranian border, and the subsequent deployment of Iranian forces by Iranian President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani about the conflict at its border lead to further calls for states to refrain from interference in Resolution 884.[2]

The current resolution concluded by requesting the Secretary-General, the Chairman-in-Office of the OSCE and the Chairman of the OSCE Minsk Conference to continue to report to the Council on the progress of the Minsk process and on all aspects of the situation on the ground.

See also


  1. Human Rights Watch/Helsinki (1994). Azerbaijan: Seven years of conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh. Human Rights Watch. p. 45. ISBN 978-1-56432-142-8.
  2. Croissant, Michael P. (1998). The Armenia-Azerbaijan conflict: causes and implications. Greenwood Publishing Group. pp. 94–95. ISBN 978-0-275-96241-8.
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