2004 Substantive Session
263rd Meeting (AM)
UNITED STATES SUBMITS AMENDMENTS TO PROPOSED DISARMAMENT COMMISSION AGENDA
As the third and final week of the substantive session of the Disarmament Commission got under way this morning, the
’ delegation introduced amendments to the agenda proposed last week by the Chairman. Lack of agreement on the agenda has persisted since the session began on 5 April. United States
delegate told representatives that he thought his instructions from United States , would permit the Commission to reach agreement. The amendments showed continued flexibility on the part of the Washington, D.C. . He hoped that others would think about the approach very carefully, as his Government had come up with an answer with which everybody could live. It could accept both (B) and (C) as written, but he had some changes to (A). United States
The Chairman’s proposed agenda, dated 12 April, reads as follows: A) Guidelines for nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation of nuclear weapons in all its aspects, including, in particular, strategies for dealing with illicit activities that undermine nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation objectives; B) Elements for verification mechanisms and instruments of conventional arms agreements; and C) Measures for improving the effectiveness of the United Nations disarmament machinery, without prejudice to efforts within the framework of SSOD IV (fourth special session of the General Assembly devoted to disarmament).
Tabling what he described as “a couple of fairly small changes” to A), the United States’ delegate said that the word “guidelines” be replaced with strategies, as that was a little less prescriptive, yet did not really change how a discussion would evolve. That was a fairly modest change, which others should be able to accept without too much concern. In response to concerns by some in the Non-Aligned Movement, he was willing to delete “in particular”. That showed a lot of flexibility, since that phrase was important in narrowing things down. He was willing to delete those two words, however, in exchange for the deletion of “in all its aspects”.
He added that the phrase “in all its aspects”, when applied to non-proliferation, had always been a way a way of implying that non-proliferation also dealt with so-called vertical non-proliferation, or the accumulation of nuclear weapons by the nuclear-weapon States. Therefore, the term “nuclear disarmament” in that title covered that and, thus, “in all its aspects” was not necessary. People in
, had wanted to make sure that agenda item A) did not become a discussion of “everything under the sun” in this area, without really doing damage to others’ positions. Washington, D.C.
Speaking on behalf of the European Union,
’s representative thanked the Ireland , even after some time, for coming back with comments on the Chairman’s proposals. She would certainly look at them very seriously. Maybe she was more optimistic than others, but she still thought it was possible to reach consensus this week. United States
Following a discussion about when to convene the next formal meeting, the representative of
informed the Commission that members of the Non-Aligned Movement of countries appreciated the Indonesia ’ delegation for its amendment, which was under consideration. United States
Statements in the discussion were also made by the representatives of
and Qatar . The Commission Chairman, Revaz Adamia ( Egypt ), also spoke. Georgia
The Disarmament Commission will meet again at Wednesday, 21 April.
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