Key UN Nuclear Disarmament Resolutions

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Key UN Nuclear Disarmament Resolutions


Taylor, Marcus, Arms Control Today


The UN General Assembly First Committee adopted several resolutions on nuclear disarmament beyond those dealing with the impasse at the Conference on Disarmament. Below is a selective list of those resolutions.

ESTABLISHmENT OF A NUCLEAR-wEAPON-FREE zONE IN THE mIDDLE EAST (A/C.1/67/L.1)

Urges all middle Eastern states to take the "practical and urgent steps" necessary to begin negotiations on a nuclear-weapon-free zone and calls for states in the region to place their nuclear facilities under International Atomic Energy Agency safeguards. Adopted without a vote.

TREATY ON A NUCLEAR-wEAPON-FREE zONE IN CENTRAL ASIA (A/C.1/67/L.4/REV.1)

Emphasizes the importance of the Treaty of Semipalatinsk to regional security and global nonproliferation norms and calls on nuclear-weapon states to complete negotiations with the treaty's signatories, sign the treaty, and ratify it. Adopted by a vote of 131-3 with five abstentions. France, the United Kingdom, and the United States opposed the resolution.

DECREASING THE OPERATIONAL READINESS OF NUCLEAR wEAPONS (A/C.1/67/L.28)

States that high alert levels in nuclear forces threaten international security and increase the risk of unintentional use of nuclear weapons and therefore calls on nuclear-weapon states to reduce alert levels, with the goal of eventually removing all nuclear weapons from high-alert status. Adopted by a vote of 145-4 with five abstentions. France, Russia, the United Kingdom, and the United States opposed the resolution. …

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