On December 11, 1999, a draft resolution on Iraq prepared by Britain and Holland was presented to the UN Security Council, even though the five Permanent Members had not reached a consensus on it. The reason for the rush was that the Anglo-Saxon duo on the Council wanted to take advantage of Britain's presidency of the month. During the debate the objections raised by Russia, France and China were so strong that President Jeremy Greenstock feared a veto by one of them. To avoid this, he thrice postponed the vote, thus also giving an opportunity to the resolution's sponsors to amend it and make it palatable to the objectors. In the end the non-Anglo-Saxon trio abstained, as did Malaysia, when the vote was finally taken on December 17.
Like its all-inclusive predecessor, the 34-clause Resolution 687, the 39-clause Resolution 1284 was passed under Chapter VII of the UN Charter. Its Section A, dealing with disarmament, set up a new UN Monitoring, Verification and Inspection Commission (Unmovic) to replace Unscom. Unmovic was required to establish and operate "a reinforced system of ongoing monitoring and verification … and address unresolved disarmament issues" and "identify … additional sites in Iraq to be covered by the reinforced system of ongoing monitoring and verification." Within thirty days of the resolution being adopted, the UN secretary-general was required to appoint an Executive Chairman of Unmovic, subject to the approval of the Security Council, and a new College of Commissioners for Unmovic. The new Executive Chairman of Unmovic was to be given forty-five days to submit plans for organization and staff. And, from the date they started working in Iraq, Unmovic and the IAEA were to be given sixty days within which to produce a work program for the discharge of their mandates, which would include "the key remaining disarmament tasks to be completed by Iraq" and ensure that "each task shall be clearly defined and precise." Paragraph 6 stated that Unmovic staff would be regarded as international civil servants "subject to Article 100 of the Charter of the United Nations, drawn from the broadest possible geographical base." This would distinguish it from its Unscom predecessor to which personnel were loaned by member-states and who did not become part of the UN bureaucracy.
Section B referred to the missing Kuwaiti nationals and property. Section C