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June 26, 1950

Telegram from Lake Success, Trygve Lie to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Moscow



Ministry of Foreign Affairs,



I have the honor to report the following text of a resolution adopted by the Security Council at its 473rd meeting held on 25 June 1950


The Security Council,


Recalling the finding of the General Assembly in its resolution 293 (IV) of 21 October 1949 that the Government of the Republic of Korea is a lawfully established government having effective control and jurisdiction over that Part of Korea where the United Nations Temporary Commission on Korea was able to observe and consult and in which the great majority of the people of Korea reside; that this Government is based on elections which were a valid expression of the free will of the electorate of that part of Korea and which were observed by the Temporary Commission, and that this is the only such Government in Korea,


Mindful of the concern expressed by the General Assembly in its resolutions 195 (III) of 12 December 1948 and 293 (IV) of 21 October 1949 about the consequences which might follow unless Member States refrained from acts derogatory to the results sought to be achieved by the United Nations in bringing about the complete independence and unity of Korea; and the concern expressed that the situation described by the United Nations Commission on Korea in its report[1] menaces the safety and well-being of the Republic of Korea and of the people of Korea and might lead to open military conflict there,


Noting with grave concern the armed attack on the Republic of Korea by forces from North Korea,


Determines that this action constitutes a breach of the peace; and




Calls for the immediate cessation of hostilities;


Calls upon the authorities in North Korea to withdraw forthwith their armed forces to the 38th parallel;




Requests the United Nations Commission on Korea:


(a) To communicate its fully considered recommendations on the situation with the least possible delay;


(b) To observe the withdrawal of North Korean forces to the 38th parallel;


(c) To keep the Security Council informed on the execution of this resolution:




Calls upon all Member States to render every assistance to the United Nations in the execution of this resolution and. to refrain from giving assistance to the North Korean authorities.

Trygve Lie



Translated by S. Petrov

26 June 1950

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26 June 1950


A telegram conveying the UN Security Council's resolution calling for North Korea to withdraw from the 38th Parallel.

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Library of Congress, Manuscript Division, Dmitriĭ Antonovich Volkogonov papers, 1887-1995, mm97083838. Translated by Gary Goldberg.

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