501. Security Council: peaceful settlement of disputes.

501.     Security Council: peaceful settlement of disputes.

The Security Council1 may use various means to assist in the pacific settlement of disputes likely to endanger the maintenance of international peace and security2. It may investigate any dispute or situation in order to determine whether its continuance is likely to endanger the maintenance of international peace and security3. The General Assembly4, the Secretary-General5 and member states6 may submit disputes or situations of such character to the attention of the Security Council, and non-member states may submit disputes affecting them7. Member states are under a duty to refer