Nothing in the present Charter precludes the existence of regional arrangements
or agencies for dealing with such matters relating to the maintenance of
international peace and security as are appropriate for regional action provided
that such arrangements or agencies and their activities are consistent with
the Purposes and Principles of the United Nations.
The Members of the United Nations entering into such arrangements or constituting
such agencies shall make every effort to achieve pacific settlement of local
disputes through such regional arrangements or by such regional agencies
before referring them to the Security Council.
The Security Council shall encourage the development of pacific settlement
of local disputes through such regional arrangements or by such regional
agencies either on the initiative of the states concerned or by reference
from the Security Council.
This Article in no way impairs the application of Articles 34 and 35.
The Security Council shall, where appropriate, utilize such regional arrangements
or agencies for enforcement action under its authority. But no enforcement
action shall be taken under regional arrangements or by regional agencies
without the authorization of the Security Council, with the exception of
measures against any enemy state, as defined in paragraph 2 of this Article,
provided for pursuant to Article 107 or in regional arrangements directed
against renewal of aggressive policy on the part of any such state, until
such time as the Organization may, on request of the Governments concerned,
be charged with the responsibility for preventing further aggression by such
The term enemy state as used in paragraph 1 of this Article applies to any
state which during the Second World War has been an enemy of any signatory
of the present Charter.
The Security Council shall at all times be kept fully informed of activities
undertaken or in contemplation under regional arrangements or by regional
agencies for the maintenance of international peace and security.
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