2 December 2008
General Assembly
GA/10792

Department of Public Information • News and Media Division • New York

Sixty-third General Assembly

Plenary

61st Meeting (AM)


ON RECOMMENDATION OF FIRST COMMITTEE, GENERAL ASSEMBLY ADOPTS 57 TEXTS, INCLUDING


TWO NEW ONES ON HALTING ILLICIT ARMS BROKERING, BANNING CLUSTER MUNITIONS USE


In Familiar Voting Pattern, 30 Drafts Require Recorded Votes; Transparency

In Arms Text Takes Seven Separate Votes; Rifts Persist on Nuclear Weapons Drafts


The General Assembly, acting on the recommendation of its First Committee (Disarmament and International Security), today adopted 57 texts, including two new resolutions in the conventional weapons sphere -– one aimed at halting illicit brokering and another on the effort to ban cluster munitions.


In a voting pattern familiar to disarmament and security-related drafts -– on nuclear weapons, other weapons of mass destruction, outer space, conventional weapons, regional disarmament and security, and disarmament machinery -- recorded votes were sought for 30 drafts, with several requiring separate votes on contentious provisions in the bodies of the texts themselves. 


However, acting without a vote, the Assembly recognized the need for Member States to prevent and combat illicit brokering activities, and expressed concern that if proper measures were not taken, illicit arms brokering would adversely affect the maintenance of international peace and security and prolong conflicts, thereby impeding sustainable economic and social development, and result in the illicit transfers of conventional arms and the acquisition of weapons of mass destruction by non-State actors. 


The Assembly thus called on Member States to establish appropriate national laws to prevent and combat illicit brokering of conventional arms, and materials, equipment and technology that could contribute to the proliferation of mass destruction weapons and their delivery means consistent with international law.


By a resolution on cluster munitions, the Assembly recalled the conclusion of negotiations at Dublin on 30 May on the Convention on Cluster Munitions and asked the Secretary-General to render the necessary assistance and to provide the necessary services to fulfil the tasks entrusted to him by the Convention.


Approaching that issue via the traditional text on the Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons, the Assembly welcomed States parties’ commitment to address the humanitarian problems causes by specific munitions, including cluster munitions, with a view to minimizing their humanitarian impact.  The Assembly expressed support for the work of the Group of Governmental Experts to negotiate a proposal to urgently address the humanitarian impact of cluster munitions, while striking a balance between military and humanitarian considerations, and to make every effort to negotiate that proposal as rapidly as possible.


Maintaining that an enhanced level of transparency in armaments contributed greatly to confidence-building and security among States and that the establishment of the United Nations Register of Conventional Arms constituted an important step forward in promoting transparency in military matters, the Assembly reaffirmed its determination to ensure that Register’s effective operation.


Six separate recorded votes were required to retain operative paragraphs 2, 3, 4, 5 (b), 5 and 7, which called upon Member States, with a view to achieving universal participation, to provide the Secretary-General, by 31 May annually, with the requested data and information for the Register, including inviting those in a position to do so to provide additional information on procurement through national production and military holdings and on transfers of small arms and light weapons.  Further by those paragraphs, the Assembly asked the Secretary-General, with the assistance of a governmental expert group to be convened in 2009, to prepare a report on the Register’s continuing operation and further development.  (For details of the votes, see Annexes XXV, XXVI, XXVII, XXVIII, XXIX and XXX, respectively.)


The resolution as a whole was adopted by a recorded vote of 160 in favour to none against with 22 abstentions (See Annex XXXI).


Action was postponed on a resolution concerning a possible arms trade treaty, pending review of its programme budget implications by the Fifth Committee (Administrative and Budgetary).  Approved in the First Committee, the text would establish an open-ended working group to meet in 2009 to further consider those elements in the report of the Group of Governmental Experts where consensus could be developed for inclusion in an eventual legally binding arms trade treaty.


By a related text on the illicit small arms and light weapons trade, the Assembly underlined that the uncontrolled spread of those weapons in many regions of the world had wide ranging humanitarian and socio-economic consequences and seriously threatened peace, reconciliation, safety, security, stability and sustainable development at individual, local, national, regional and international levels.  It encouraged national capacity-building for the implementation of the Programme of Action to Prevent, Combat and Eradicate the Illicit Trade in Small Arms and Light Weapons in All Its Aspects, including those highlighted in the Third Biennial Meeting of States’ report.  The Assembly also called upon all States to implement the International Tracing Instrument.


Two separate recorded votes were taken before adoption of the whole text.  The first was on operative paragraph 4, which endorses the measures highlighted in the Third Biennial Meeting of States to consider implementation of the small arms Programme of Action (Annex XXXII).  The second was on operative paragraph 13, by which the Assembly decided to convene an open-ended meeting of governmental experts for one week, no later than in 2011, to address key implementation challenges and opportunities relating to particular issues, including international cooperation and assistance (Annex XXXIII).


It adopted the resolution as a whole on the illicit small arms and light weapons by a vote of 181 in favour to 1 against ( United States), with no abstentions (Annex XXXIV).


Sixteen resolutions and one decision were adopted in the nuclear weapons category, with the only two by consensus concerning nuclear-weapon-free zones:  in the region of the Middle East; and Mongolia’s international security and nuclear-weapon free status.


The rest in that cluster, requiring recorded votes, concerned:  the risk of nuclear proliferation in the Middle East (Annex XXXIX); decreasing the operational readiness of nuclear weapons (Annex V); conclusion of effective international arrangements to assure non-nuclear-weapon States against the use or threat of use of nuclear weapons (Annex III); nuclear disarmament (Annex VIII); convention on the prohibition of the use of nuclear weapons (Annex XXXVII); reducing nuclear danger (Annex IX); advisory opinion of the International Court of Justice on the legality of the threat or use of nuclear weapons (Annex X); missiles (Annex XIV); towards a nuclear-weapon-free world: accelerating the implementation of nuclear disarmament commitments (Annex XVI), for which a vote to retain operative paragraph 4 was also taken (Annex XV); establishment of a nuclear-weapon-free zone in Central Asia (Annex XX); the Hague Code of Conduct against Ballistic Missile Proliferation (Annex XXI); nuclear-weapon-free southern hemisphere (Annex XXIII), for which a separate vote on operative paragraph 6 was taken (Annex XXII); United Nations conference to identify appropriate ways of eliminating nuclear dangers in the context of nuclear disarmament (decision) (Annex XXXVI); Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (Annex XXXX);  and renewed determination towards the total elimination of nuclear weapons (Annex XXXV).


Three of the five resolutions grouped under other weapons of mass destruction -– on biological weapons, on the Chemical Weapons Convention, and on measures to prevent terrorists from acquiring mass destruction weapons -- were adopted without a vote.  The text on the prohibition of the development and manufacture of new types of weapons of mass destruction and new systems of such weapons:  report of the Conference on Disarmament was adopted by a vote of 175 in favour to 1 against ( United States), with 1 abstention ( Israel) (Annex I).  The draft on measures to uphold the authority of the 1925 Geneva Protocol was adopted by a vote of 174 in favour to none against, with 4 abstentions (Israel, Marshall Islands, Palau, United States) (Annex XII).


As in years past, a recorded vote was needed to adopt the resolution on the prevention of an arms race in outer space, which passed by 177 in favour to 1 against (United States), with 1 abstention (Israel) (Annex IV).  A recorded vote was also taken in adopting the resolution on transparency and confidence-building measures in outer space activities by 180 in favour to 1 against ( United States), with 1 abstention ( Israel) (Annex XXIV).


Also adopted by recorded vote was a resolution in the conventional weapons sphere on the Mine Ban Convention (Annex VI).


Three additional drafts related to conventional arms were adopted by consensus, including information on confidence-building measures in the field of conventional arms; problems arising from the accumulation of conventional ammunition stockpiles in surplus; and assistance to States for curbing the illicit traffic in small arms and light weapons and collecting them.


Turning to regional disarmament and security, the Assembly adopted four of five draft resolutions, and one draft decision, by consensus.  They concerned:  maintenance of international security –- good neighbourliness, stability and development in South-Eastern Europe (decision); regional disarmament; confidence-building measures in the regional and subregional context; strengthening of security and cooperation in the Mediterranean region; and regional confidence-building measures:  activities of the United Nations Standing Advisory Committee on Security Questions in Central Africa.


The fifth draft resolution relating to regional disarmament –- on conventional arms control at the regional and subregional levels -– was adopted 175 in favour to 1 against (India), with 2 abstentions (Bhutan, Russian Federation) (Annex VII). 


The Assembly also took recorded votes on five draft resolutions related to other disarmament measures and international security.  They included:  promotion of multilateralism in the area of disarmament and non-proliferation (Annex XI); effects of the use of armaments and ammunitions containing depleted uranium (Annex XIII); compliance with non-proliferation, arms limitation and disarmament agreements and commitments (Annex XVII); consolidation of peace through practical disarmament measures (Annex XIX), on which a separate vote was taken to retain preambular paragraph 10 as written (Annex XVIII); and developments in the field of information and telecommunications in the context of international security (Annex II).


The Assembly adopted five other resolutions on other disarmament measures and international security without a vote.  They were:  observance of environmental norms in the drafting and implementation of agreements on disarmament and arms control; relationship between disarmament and development; role of science and technology in the context of international security and disarmament; United Nations study on disarmament and non-proliferation education; and United Nations Disarmament Information Programme.


Also acting without a vote, the Assembly adopted seven resolutions and one decision related to disarmament machinery, including on:  United Nations Regional Centre for Peace, Disarmament and Development in Latin America and the Caribbean; convening of the fourth special session of the General Assembly devoted to disarmament (decision); United Nations regional centres for peace and disarmament; United Nations Regional Centre for Peace and Disarmament in Asia and the Pacific; Report of the Conference on Disarmament; Report of the Disarmament Commission; United Nations disarmament fellowship, training and advisory services; and United Nations Regional Centre for Peace and Disarmament in Africa.


The Assembly also decided to extend the work of the Second Committee (Economic and Financial) until Thursday, 11 December 2008.


Speaking in explanation of vote were representatives of Bahrain, Russian Federation, France, Libya, Benin and Canada.


Mali’s representative noted that his delegation co-sponsored two draft resolutions.


The Rapporteur of the First Committee introduced that body’s reports.


The General Assembly will meet again at a time to be announced.


Background


The General Assembly met to take action on 16 reports of the First Committee.  Those reports contained 54 draft resolutions and 4 draft decisions.


The Assembly had before it the report on reduction of military budgets, which stated that no proposal was submitted and no action was taken by the Committee under this item.


Also before the Assembly was the report on the prohibition of the development and manufacture of new types of weapons of mass destruction and new systems of such weapons:  report of the Conference on Disarmament (document A/63/382), which contains one draft resolution of the same name.


Determined to prevent the emergence of new types of weapons of mass destruction that have characteristics comparable in destructive effect to those of weapons of mass destruction identified in the definition of weapons of mass destruction adopted by the United Nations in 1948, the Assembly would, by the terms of that text (document A/C.1/63/L.12), reaffirm that effective measures should be taken to prevent the emergence of new types of weapons of mass destruction and call upon all States, immediately following any recommendations of the Conference on Disarmament, to give favourable consideration to those recommendations.


The Committee approved the text on 29 October by a recorded vote of 165 in favour to 1 against ( United States), with 1 abstention ( Israel).


The Assembly was then expected to take up the report on the maintenance of international security –- good neighbourliness, stability and development in South-Eastern Europe (document A/63/383), containing one draft decision of the same name.  That draft decision (document A/C.1/63/L.3) would have the Assembly include the item in its sixty-fifth session provisional agenda.


It was approved by the First Committee on 29 October without a vote.


Next, the Assembly was expected to take up the report on the role of science and technology in the context of international security and disarmament (document A/63/384).  The draft decision contained therein (document A/C.1/63/L.33) would have the Assembly include in the provisional agenda of its sixty-fourth session an item by the same name.


It was approved by the Committee on 30 October without a vote.


The Assembly was then expected to take up the report on developments in the field of information and telecommunications in the context of international security (document A/63/385) containing one draft resolution.  The terms of that text (document A/C.1/63/L.45) would have the Assembly call upon Member States to promote further at multilateral levels the consideration of existing and potential threats in the field of information security, as well as possible measures to limit the threats emerging in this field.


The draft resolution was approved, as orally amended, on 30 October by a vote of 167 in favour to 1 against ( United States), with no abstentions.


Next, the Assembly was expected to take action on the report on the establishment of a nuclear-weapon-free zone in the region of the Middle East (document A/63/386) containing one draft resolution.  By the terms of that draft (document A/C.1/63/L.1), the Assembly would urge all parties that were directly concerned to consider seriously taking the practical and urgent steps required for the implementation of a proposal to establish such a zone.


It would call upon all countries of the region that had not done so, pending the establishment of the zone, to agree to place all their nuclear activities under IAEA safeguards.  Furthermore, it would invite those countries not to develop, produce, test or otherwise acquire nuclear weapons or permit the stationing of such weapons or nuclear explosive devices on their territories, or territories under their control.


The Committee approved the draft resolution on 28 October without a vote.


The First Committee report on the conclusion of effective international arrangements to assure non-nuclear-weapon States against the use or threat of use of nuclear weapons (document A/63/387) contains one draft resolution (document A/C.1/63/L.7), which would have the Assembly, convinced that nuclear disarmament and the complete elimination of nuclear weapons are essential to remove the danger of nuclear war, reaffirm the urgent need to reach an early agreement on effective international arrangements to assure non-nuclear-weapon States against the use or threat of use of nuclear weapons.  It would appeal to all States to work actively towards an early agreement on a common approach and formula that could be included in an international instrument of a legally binding character.


The Assembly would also, among other things, recommend that further intensive efforts be devoted to the search for such a common approach and recommend that the Conference on Disarmament actively continue negotiations with a view to reaching an early agreement.


The draft was approved on 30 October by a vote of 110 in favour to 1 against ( United States), with 55 abstentions.


The Assembly was then expected to take up the report on the prevention of an arms race in outer space (document A/63/388), which also contained one draft resolution of the same name (document A/C.1/63/L.4).  The terms of that text would have the Assembly, recognizing that prevention of an arms race in outer space would avert a grave danger for international peace and security, call upon all States, in particular those with major space capabilities, to contribute actively to the goal of the peaceful use of outer space, and of the prevention of an arms race in outer space, and to refrain from actions contrary to that goal and to the relevant existing treaties in the interest of maintaining international peace and security and promoting international cooperation.


The text would also have the Assembly urge States conducting activities in outer space to keep the Conference on Disarmament informed of the progress of bilateral and multilateral negotiations.


The resolution was approved on 29 October by a vote of 166 in favour to 1 against ( United States), with 1 abstention ( Israel).


The Assembly was then expected to take up the First Committee’s report on general and complete disarmament (document A/63/389) containing 34 draft resolutions and two draft decisions.


Draft resolution I, on decreasing the operational readiness of nuclear weapons systems (document A/C.1/63/L.5), would have the Assembly call for further practical steps to be taken to decrease the operational readiness of nuclear weapons systems and urge States to update the General Assembly on progress made in the implementation of the present draft resolution.


It was approved on 28 October by a vote of 134 in favour to 3 against ( France, United Kingdom, United States), with 32 abstentions.


Draft resolution II, on the Mine-Ban Convention (document A/C.1/63/L.6), would have the Assembly invite all States that have not signed the Convention to accede and ratify it without delay, and invite all States that have not ratified the Convention or acceded to it to provide, on a voluntary basis, information to make global mine action efforts more effective.  It would renew its call upon all States and other relevant parties to work together to promote, support and advance the care, rehabilitation and social and economic reintegration of mine victims, mine risk education programmes, and the removal and destruction of anti-personnel mines placed or stockpiled throughout the world.


By a further term of the text, the Assembly would urge all States parties to provide the Secretary-General with complete and timely information to promote transparency and compliance under the Convention.  The Assembly would also urge all States to remain seized of the issue at the highest political level and to promote adherence to the Convention through bilateral, subregional, regional and multilateral contacts, outreach, seminars and other means.


The draft resolution was approved, as orally revised, on 29 October, by a vote of 151 in favour to none against, with 19 abstentions. 


Draft resolution III on regional disarmament (document A/C.1/63/L.8) would have the Assembly stress that sustained efforts were needed, within the Conference on Disarmament framework and under the umbrella of the United Nations, to make progress on the entire range of disarmament issues.


Also under the draft’s terms, the Assembly would, among other things, call upon States to conclude agreements for nuclear non-proliferation, disarmament and confidence-building measures at the regional and subregional levels.


The draft was approved without a vote on 29 October.


Draft resolution IV is on conventional arms control at the regional and subregional levels (document A/C.1/63/L.9).  Convinced that conventional arms control needed to be pursued primarily in the regional and subregional contexts since most threats to peace and security in the post-cold-war era arise among States located in the same region or subregion, the Assembly would, by that text’s terms, decide to give urgent consideration to the issues involved in conventional arms control at those levels.


The Assembly would also request the Conference on Disarmament to consider the formulation of principles that can serve as a framework for regional agreements on conventional arms control.


The draft resolution was approved by a vote of 166 in favour to 1 against ( India), with 1 abstention ( Bhutan), on 29 October.


Also on 29 October, the Committee approved without a vote the fifth draft resolution on confidence-building measures in the regional and subregional context (document A/C.1/63/L.10), which would have the Assembly call upon Member States to refrain from the use or threat of use of force in accordance with the purposes and principles of the United Nations Charter.


Also by that text, the Assembly would call upon Member States to pursue the ways and means set out in the 1993 Disarmament Commission’s report through sustained consultations and dialogue, and would urge States to comply strictly with all bilateral, regional and international agreements, including arms control and disarmament agreements, to which they are party.


Draft resolution VI, on nuclear disarmament (document A/C.1/63/L.14), would have the Assembly urge nuclear-weapon States to stop immediately the qualitative improvement, development, production and stockpiling of nuclear warheads and their delivery systems. 


It would also, by further terms, urge the nuclear-weapon States, as an interim measure, to de-alert and deactivate immediately their nuclear weapons and to take other concrete measures to reduce further the operational status of their nuclear weapons systems while stressing that reductions in deployments and in operational status cannot substitute for irreversible cuts in and the total elimination of nuclear weapons, among other things.


The text was approved on 29 October by a vote of 104 in favour to 44 against, with 21 abstentions.


By the terms of draft resolution VII on reducing nuclear danger (document A/C.1/63/L.16), the Assembly, emphasizing the need to adopt measures to avoid accidental, unauthorized or unexplained incidents arising from computer anomaly or other technical malfunctions, would call for a review of nuclear doctrines and, in that context, immediate and urgent steps to reduce the risks of unintentional and accidental use of nuclear weapons, including through de-alerting and de-targeting of nuclear weapons.


By the draft, the Assembly would also call upon Member States to take the necessary measures to prevent the proliferation of nuclear weapons in all its aspects and to promote nuclear disarmament with the objective of eliminating nuclear weapons.


The text was approved on 28 October by a vote of 108 in favour to 50 against, with 13 abstentions.


Draft resolution VIII on the Chemical Weapons Convention (document A/C.1/63/L.17) was approved without a vote on 29 October. 


According to the text, the Assembly, determined to achieve the effective prohibition of the development, production, acquisition, transfer, stockpiling and use of chemical weapons and their destruction, would stress that all possessors of chemical weapons, chemical weapons production facilities or chemical weapons development facilities, including previously declared possessor States, should be among the States parties to the Convention.


Draft resolution IX, on the follow-up to the advisory opinion of the International Court of Justice on the Legality of the Threat or Use of Nuclear Weapons (document A/C.1/63/L.19) was approved on 28 October by a vote of 118 in favour to 30 against, with 22 abstentions.


By its terms, the Assembly would underline the unanimous conclusion of the International Court of Justice that there exists an obligation to pursue in good faith, and bring to a conclusion, negotiations leading to nuclear disarmament in all its aspects under strict and effective international control.  It would call upon all States to fulfil that obligation by commencing multilateral negotiations leading to an early conclusion of a nuclear weapons convention prohibiting the development, production, testing, deployment, stockpiling, transfer and threat of use of nuclear weapons and providing for their elimination.


By further terms, the Assembly would request all States to inform the Secretary-General of the efforts and measures they had taken on the implementation of the present resolution and nuclear disarmament, and request the Secretary-General to appraise the General Assembly of that information at its sixty-fourth session.


Draft resolution X on the promotion of multilateralism in the area of disarmament and non-proliferation (document A/C.1/63/L.20) would have the Assembly urge the participation of all interested States in multilateral negotiations on arms regulations, non-proliferation and disarmament in a non-discriminatory and transparent manner.  It would, once again, call upon all Member States to renew and fulfil their individual and collective commitments to multilateral cooperation as an important means of pursuing and achieving their common objectives in the area of disarmament and non-proliferation.


It was approved by the First Committee on 31 October by a vote of 115 in favour to 5 against (Israel, Federated States of Micronesia, Palau, United Kingdom, United States), with 49 abstentions.


The eleventh draft resolution, on the observance of environmental norms in the drafting and implementation of agreements on disarmament and arms control (document A/C.1/63/L.21), would have the Assembly reaffirm that international disarmament forums should take fully into account the relevant environmental norms in negotiating treaties and agreements on disarmament and arms limitation, and that all States, through their actions, should contribute fully to ensuring compliance with relevant norms in the implementation of treaties and conventions to which they are parties.


By further provisions, the Assembly would call upon States to adopt unilateral, bilateral, regional and multilateral measures so as to contribute to ensuring the application of scientific and technological progress within the framework of international security, disarmament and other related spheres without detriment to the environment or to its effective contribution to attain sustainable development.  It would invite all Member States to communicate to the Secretary-General information on the measures they have adopted to promote the objectives envisaged in the present resolution and request him to submit a report containing that information to the General Assembly at its sixty-fourth session.


The draft text was approved on 31 October without a vote.


Draft resolution XII, on the relationship between disarmament and development (document A/C.1/63/L.23), would have the Assembly request the Secretary-General to further strengthen the role of the United Nations in disarmament, in particular the High-level Steering Group on Disarmament and Development, in order to ensure continued and effective coordination and close cooperation between the relevant United Nations departments, agencies and sub-agencies.


Also by that text, the Assembly would urge the international community to devote part of the resources made available by the implementation of disarmament and arms limitation agreements to economic and social development, with a view to reducing the ever widening gap between developed and developing countries.  It would also further encourage the international community to achieve the Millennium Development Goals, and to make reference to the contribution that disarmament could provide in meeting them when it reviews its progress towards this purpose in 2008, as well as to make greater efforts to integrate disarmament, humanitarian and development activities.


The draft resolution was approved on 31 October by a vote of 167 in favour to none against, with 1 abstention ( France).


Draft resolution XIII, on measures to uphold the authority of the 1925 Geneva Protocol (document A/C.1/63/L.25), would have the Assembly, taking note of the Secretary-General’s note (document A/61/116), renew its previous call to all States to observe strictly the principles and objectives of the Protocol for the Prohibition of the Use in War of Asphyxiating, Poisonous or Other Gases, and of Bacteriological Methods of Warfare, and reaffirm the vital necessity of upholding its provisions.  It would also call upon those States that continued to maintain reservations to the 1925 Geneva Protocol to withdraw them and request the Secretary-General to submit to the General Assembly, at its sixty-fifth session, a report on the implementation of the present resolution.


The draft text was approved on 31 October by a vote of 160 in favour to none against, with 3 abstentions ( Israel, Marshall Islands, United States).


Draft resolution XIV, on the effects of the use of armaments and ammunitions containing depleted uranium (document A/C.1/63/L.26), would have the Assembly promote multilateralism as an essential means to carry forward negotiations on arms regulation and disarmament, and invite Member States and relevant international organizations, particularly those that had not yet done so, to communicate their views on the effects of the use of armaments and ammunitions containing depleted uranium.


Also by that text, the Assembly would request the Secretary-General to ask relevant international organizations to update and complete, as appropriate, their studies and research on the effects of the use of armaments and ammunitions containing depleted uranium, along with encouraging Member States, particularly the affected States, to facilitate studies on the same.  Additionally, it would request the Secretary-General to submit an updated report on the subject to the General Assembly at its sixty-fifth session, reflecting information presented by Member States and relevant international organizations.


Taking a recorded vote, the Committee approved that draft resolution on 31 October by a vote of 127 in favour to 4 against (France, Israel, United Kingdom, United States), with 34 abstentions.


The fifteenth draft resolution, on Missiles (document A/C.1/63/L.27), would have the Assembly, convinced of the need for a comprehensive approach towards missiles, in a balanced and non-discriminatory manner, as a contribution to international peace and security, and underlining the complexities involved in considering the issue of missiles in the conventional context, welcome the report of the Secretary-General on the issue of missiles in all its aspects and request the Secretary-General to seek the views of Member States on the report, and to submit it to the General Assembly at its sixty-fifth session.


That text was approved on 28 October by a vote of 112 in favour to 9 against (Denmark, France, Israel, Lithuania, Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Netherlands, United Kingdom, United States), with 50 abstentions.


A draft resolution on Mongolia’s international security and nuclear-weapon-free status (document A/C.1/63/L.28) –- draft XVI in the First Committee’s general and complete disarmament report -- would have the Assembly invite Member States to cooperate with Mongolia in taking the necessary measures to consolidate and strengthen that country’s independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity, the inviolability of its borders, its independent foreign policy, its economic security and its ecological balance, as well as its nuclear-weapon-free status.  It would appeal to the Member States of the Asia and Pacific region to support Mongolia’s efforts to join the relevant security and economic arrangements.


The text was approved by the Committee on 28 October without a vote.


Draft resolution XVII, on information on confidence-building measures in the field of conventional arms (document A/C.1/63/L.29).would have the Assembly welcome all confidence-building measures in the field of conventional arms already undertaken by Member States, as well as the information on such measures voluntarily provided.  It would encourage Member States to continue to adopt confidence-building measures in the conventional weapons field and to provide information in that regard.  It would welcome the establishment of the electronic database containing information provided by Member States and request the Secretary-General to keep the database updated and to assist Member States at their request in the organization of seminars, courses and workshops aimed at enhancing the knowledge of new developments in the field.


That text was approved without a vote on 29 October.


Draft resolution XVIII, towards a nuclear-weapon-free world:  accelerating the implementation of nuclear disarmament commitments (document A/C.1/63/L.30), would have the General Assembly, recognizing the continued vital importance of the early entry into force of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT) to the advancement of nuclear disarmament and nuclear non-proliferation objectives, and, mindful of the approaching 2010 Review Conference of the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT), continue to emphasize the central role of the NPT and its universality in achieving nuclear disarmament and nuclear non-proliferation, and call upon all State parties to respect their obligations under the Treaty.  It would also call on States to fully comply with all commitments made regarding nuclear disarmament and nuclear non-proliferation.


By a vote of 138 in favour to 4 against (India, Israel, Pakistan, United States), with 5 abstentions (Bhutan, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, France, Russian Federation, United Kingdom), the Committee voted on 31 October to retain the text’s operative paragraph 4.  That paragraph reads:  “Reiterates its call upon all States parties to spare no effort to achieve the universality of the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons, and in this regard urges India, Israel and Pakistan to accede to the Treaty as non-nuclear weapon States promptly and without conditions”.


The draft text as a whole was then approved by a vote of 141 in favour to 5 against (Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, France, India, Israel, United States), with 6 abstentions (Bhutan, Latvia, Federated States of Micronesia, Pakistan, Russian Federation, United Kingdom).


Draft resolution XIX, on compliance with non-proliferation, arms limitation and disarmament agreements and commitments (document A/C.1/63/L.32/Rev.1) was approved on 30 October by a vote of 142 in favour to none against, with 19 abstentions.


Recognizing the importance of and support for effective national, regional, and international capacities for such verification, compliance and enforcement, the Assembly would, by the draft’s terms, underscore the contribution that compliance with non-proliferation, arms limitation and disarmament agreements and other agreed obligations make to enhancing confidence and strengthening international capacity.


By further terms, the Assembly would urge States to implement and comply fully with their obligations and call upon all Member States to encourage, and for those States in a position to do so, to appropriately assist States which request assistance to increase their capacity to implement fully their obligations.  It would also urge those States not currently in compliance with their respective obligations and commitments to make the strategic decision to come back into compliance.


By the terms of draft resolution XX, on measures to prevent terrorists from acquiring weapons of mass destruction (document A/C.1/63/L.34), the Assembly would, mindful of the urgent need for addressing, within the United Nations framework and through international cooperation, this threat to humanity, call on Member States to support international efforts to prevent terrorists from acquiring weapons of mass destruction and their delivery means.  It would urge all Member States to take and strengthen national measures to prevent terrorists from acquiring weapons of mass destruction, their means of delivery and materials and technologies related to their manufacture.  It would encourage cooperation among and between Member States and relevant regional and international organizations for strengthening national capacities in this regard.


Acting without a vote, the Committee approved that text on 29 October.


Draft resolution XXI, on problems arising from the accumulation of conventional ammunition stockpiles in surplus (document A/C.1/63/L.35), would have the Assembly encourage all interested States to assess, on a voluntary basis, whether, in conformity with their legitimate security needs, parts of their stockpiles of conventional ammunition should be considered to be in surplus, and recognize that the security of such stockpiles must be taken into consideration and that appropriate controls with regard to the security and safety of stockpiles of conventional ammunition were indispensable at the national level, in order to eliminate the risk of explosion, pollution or diversion.  The Assembly would appeal to all interested States to determine the size and nature of their surplus stockpiles of conventional ammunition, whether they represented a security risk, and, if appropriate, their means of destruction and whether external assistance was needed to eliminate this risk.


The draft resolution was approved on 31 October by a vote of 172 in favour to none against, with no abstentions (Annex V).


By the terms of draft resolution XXII, on consolidation of peace through practical disarmament measures (document A/C.1/63/L.36), the Assembly, convinced that a comprehensive and integrated approach towards certain practical disarmament measures often is a prerequisite to maintaining and consolidating peace and security and thus provides a basis for effective post-conflict peace-building, would emphasize the importance of including in United Nations-mandated peacekeeping missions, as appropriate and with the consent of the host State, practical disarmament measures aimed at addressing the problem of the illicit trade in small arms and light weapons in conjunction with disarmament, demobilization and reintegration programmes aimed at former combatants, with a view to promoting an integrated comprehensive and effective weapons management strategy that would contribute to a sustainable peace building process.


After a recorded vote was requested on the words “and Third” in preambular paragraph 10, which welcomes the reports of the “First, Second and Third Biennial Meetings of States to Consider the Implementation of the Programme of Action to Prevent, Combat and Eradicate the Illicit Trade in Small Arms and Light Weapons in All Its Aspects…”, the Committee voted on 30 October to retain those words by a vote of 159 in favour to none against, with 2 abstentions (Côte d’Ivoire, Iran). 


It then voted on the draft resolution as a whole, approving it by 164 in favour to none against, with no abstentions.


By draft resolution XXIII, entitled establishment of a nuclear-weapon-free zone in Central Asia (document A/C.1/63/L.37), the Assembly, considering that such a zone would constitute an important step towards strengthening the nuclear non-proliferation regime, ensuring regional and international peace and security, combating international terrorism and preventing nuclear materials and technologies from falling into the hands of non-State actors, would welcome the ratification of the Treaty on a Nuclear-Weapon-Free Zone in Central Asia by Kyrgyzstan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan.


It was approved on 29 October by a vote of 128 in favour to 3 against ( France, United Kingdom, United States), with 36 abstentions.


Draft resolution XXIV on the Hague Code of Conduct against Ballistic Missile Proliferation (document A/C.1/63/L.38) would have the Assembly, concerned about increasing regional and global security challenges caused by ongoing proliferation of ballistic missiles capable of delivering weapons of mass destruction, note that 130 States had already subscribed to the Code as a practical step against the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction.


The Assembly would, by further terms, invite all States that had not yet subscribed to the Code of Conduct to do so.  It would also encourage the exploration of further ways and means to deal effectively with the problem of the proliferation of ballistic missiles capable of delivering weapons of mass destruction.


The text was approved on 28 October by a recorded vote of 145 in favour to 1 against ( Iran), with 20 abstentions.


Draft resolution XXV, entitled towards an arms trade treaty:  establishing common international standards for the import, export and transfer of conventional arms (document A/C.1/63/L.39), would have the Assembly, determined to prevent the diversion of conventional arms -- including small arms and light weapons -- from the legal into the illicit trade, endorse the report of the Secretary-General contained in document A/63/334, prepared with the assistance of the Group of Governmental Experts, taking into account the views of Member States reported in document A/62/278 part I, ii and addenda I, ii and iii of 17 August 2007.


It would also encourage all States to implement and address, on a national basis, the relevant recommendations contained in paragraphs 28 and 29, Section VII of the report, and commend all States to carefully consider how to achieve such implementation in order to ensure their national systems and internal controls are at the highest possible standards to prevent the diversion of conventional arms from the legal to the illicit market where they can be used for terrorist acts, organized crime and other criminal activities, and further calls on those States in a position to do so to render assistance in this regard upon request, among other things.


A separate vote had been requested on operative paragraph 3, which reads “Decides, in order to facilitate further consideration on the implementation of the relevant recommendation contained in paragraph 27 of the report of the Secretary-General on a step-by-step basis among all States Members of the United Nations, in an open and transparent manner, to establish an open-ended working group, to meet for up to six one-week sessions starting in 2009, of which the two sessions foreseen in 2009 will be held in New York from 2 to 6 March and 13 to 17 July, respectively”.  The Committee voted to retain operative paragraph 3 by 141 in favour to 1 against ( United States), with 19 abstentions, on 31 October.


It also voted to retain operative paragraph 4, which reads “Also decides that the open-ended working group will hold a one-day organizational session in New York by 27 February 2009 in order to agree on the organizational arrangements connected with the open-ended working group, including the dates and venues for its future substantive sessions”, by a vote of 142 in favour to 1 against (United States), with 18 abstentions.


In addition, the Committee voted to retain operative paragraph 5, by a vote of 141 in favour to 1 against ( United States), with 19 abstentions.  That paragraph reads, “Further decides that the open-ended working group will, during 2009, further consider those elements in the report of the Group of Governmental Experts where consensus could be developed for their inclusion in an eventual legally binding treaty on the import, export and transfer of conventional arms, which provides a balance giving benefit to all, with the principles of the Charter of the United Nations and other existing international obligations at the centre of such considerations, and to transmit an initial report from the open-ended working group to the General Assembly for consideration at its sixty-fourth session”.


The draft resolution as a whole was then approved on 31 October by a vote of 145 in favour to 2 against ( United States, Zimbabwe), with 18 abstentions.


Draft resolution XXVI, on a nuclear-weapon-free southern hemisphere and adjacent areas (document A/C.1/63/L.40), would have the Assembly, determined to pursue the total elimination of nuclear weapons and stressing the importance of the existing treaties establishing nuclear-weapon-free zones and the Antarctic Treaty, call upon all concerned States to continue to work together to facilitate adherence to the protocols of nuclear-weapon-free zone treaties by all relevant States that have not adhered to them.


Also by the text, the Assembly would welcome the steps taken to conclude further nuclear-weapon-free-zone treaties on the basis of arrangements freely arrived at among the States of the region concerned and would call upon all States to consider all relevant proposals, including those reflected in its resolutions on the establishment of nuclear-weapon-free zones in the Middle East and South Asia.


It would also have the Assembly affirm its conviction of the important role of nuclear-weapon-free zones in strengthening the nuclear non-proliferation regime and in extending the areas of the world that are nuclear-weapon-free, and, with particular reference to the responsibilities of the nuclear-weapon States, would call upon all States to support the process of nuclear disarmament and to work for the total elimination of all nuclear weapons.


Following a request for a recorded vote, the Committee decided to retain the text’s operative paragraph 6, which would call on all States to consider all relevant proposals, including those reflected in its resolutions on the establishment of nuclear-weapon-free zones in the Middle East and South Asia, by a vote of 157 in favour to 2 against (India, Pakistan), with 8 abstentions (Bhutan, France, Israel, Marshall Islands, Nepal, Russian Federation, United Kingdom, United States) on 28 October.


The draft resolution as a whole was then approved by a vote of 161 in favour to 3 against (France, United Kingdom, United States), with 8 abstentions (Bhutan, India, Israel, Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Pakistan, Palau, Russian Federation).


Draft resolution XXVII, on the assistance to States for curbing the illicit traffic in small arms and light weapons and collecting them (document A/C.1/63/L.41) was approved on 29 October without a vote.


By its terms, the Assembly, deeply concerned by the magnitude of human casualty and suffering, especially among children, caused by the illicit proliferation and use of small arms and light weapons, would, among other things, call upon the international community to provide technical and financial support to strengthen the capacity of civil society organizations to take action to help combat the illicit trade in small arms and light weapons.


Draft resolution XXVIII, on preventing and combating illicit brokering activities (document A/C.1/63/L.43), would have the Assembly recognize the need for Member States to prevent and combat illicit brokering activities, which covers not only conventional arms but also materials, equipment and technology that could contribute to the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction and their means of delivery.


The Assembly would also be concerned that, if proper measures were not taken, illicit brokering of arms in all its aspects would adversely affect the maintenance of international peace and security and prolong conflicts, thereby impeding sustainable economic and social development, and result in the illicit transfers of conventional arms and the acquisition of weapons of mass destruction by non-State actors.  It would underline the commitment of Member States to address the threat posed by illicit brokering activities.


Also by the draft, the Assembly would encourage Member States to fully implement relevant international treaties, instruments, and resolutions to prevent and combat illicit brokering activities and call upon Member States to establish appropriate national laws and/or measures to prevent and combat illicit brokering of conventional arms, and materials, equipment and technology that could contribute to the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction and their means of delivery in a manner consistent with international law.


The draft resolution was approved on 30 October without a vote.


Draft resolution XXIX, on transparency and confidence-building measures in outer space activities (document A/C.1/63/L.44/Rev.1), would have the Assembly, noting the introduction by the Russian Federation and China at the Conference on Disarmament of a draft Treaty on the Prevention of the Placement of Weapons in Outer Space, and of the Threat or Use of Force Against Outer Space Objects, invite all Member States to continue to submit to the Secretary-General concrete proposals on international outer space transparency and confidence-building measures in the interest of maintaining international peace and security, and promoting international cooperation and the prevention of an arms race in outer space.


The draft resolution was approved on 31 October by a vote of 166 in favour to 1 against ( United States), with 1 abstention ( Israel).


Draft resolution XXX, on transparency in armaments (document A/C.1/63/L.51), would have the Assembly reaffirm its determination to ensure the effective operation of the United Nations Register of Conventional Arms.  It would call on Member States to provide the Secretary-General, by 31 May annually, with the requested data and information for the Register, including nil reports if appropriate.  It would invite Member States in a position to do so, pending the Register’s further development, to provide additional information on procurement through national production and military holdings and to make use of the “Remarks” column in the standardized reporting form to provide additional information such as types or models.


The Assembly would also reaffirm its decision, with a view to the Register’s further development, to keep the scope of and participation in the Register under review and, to that end:  recall its request to Member States to provide the Secretary-General with their views on the Register’s continuing development and on transparency measures related to weapons of mass destruction; and request the Secretary-General, with the assistance of a governmental expert group to be convened in 2009, within available resources, to prepare a report on the Register’s continuing operation and further development.


On 30 October, the Committee first voted on operative paragraph 2, by which the Assembly “calls upon Member States, with a view to achieving universal participation, to provide the Secretary-General, by 31 May annually, with the requested data and information for the Register, including nil reports if appropriate, on the basis of resolutions 46/36 L and 47/52 L, the recommendations contained in paragraph 64 of the 1997 report of the Secretary-General on the continuing operation of the Register and its further development, the recommendations contained in paragraph 94 of the 2000 report of the Secretary-General and the appendices and annexes thereto, the recommendations contained in paragraphs 112 to 114 of the 2003 report of the Secretary-General, and the recommendations contained in paragraphs 123 to 127 of the 2006 report of the Secretary-General”.  It elected to retain operative paragraph 2 by 143 in favour to none against, with 20 abstentions.


By a vote of 143 in favour to none against, with 21 abstention, the Committee also voted to retain operative paragraph 3, which reads that the Assembly “invites Member States in a position to do so, pending further development of the Register, to provide additional information on procurement through national production and military holdings and to make use of the “Remarks” column in the standardized reporting form to provide additional information such as types or models”.


Turning next to operative paragraph 4 -- which reads that the Assembly “also invites Member States in a position to do so to provide additional background information on transfers of small arms and light weapons on the basis of the optional standardized reporting form, as adopted by the 2006 group of governmental experts, or by any other methods they deem appropriate” –- the Committee voted to retain that operative paragraph by 143 in favour to none against, with 21 abstentions.


It then voted on operative paragraph 5 b, which reads that the Assembly “requests the Secretary-General, with the assistance of a group of governmental experts to be convened in 2009, within available resources, on the basis of equitable geographical representation, to prepare a report on the continuing operation of the Register and its further development, taking into account the work of the Conference on Disarmament, the views expressed by Member States, and the reports of the Secretary-General on the continuing operation of the Register and its further development, with a view to taking a decision at its sixty-fourth session”.  By a vote of 143 in favour to none against, with 21 abstentions, the Committee chose to retain paragraph 5 b.


It then voted on operative paragraph 5 as a whole, choosing to retain that paragraph by 143 in favour to none against, with 21 abstentions.


The Committee then voted to retain operative paragraph 7, which reads that the Assembly “invites the Conference on Disarmament to consider continuing its work undertaken in the field of transparency in armaments”, by a vote of 143 in favour to none against, with 21 abstentions.


The draft text as a whole was then approved by a vote of 144 in favour to none against, with 21 abstentions.


Draft resolution XXXI, entitled United Nations study on disarmament and non-proliferation education (document A/C.1/63/L.52), would have the Assembly, conscious of the need to combat the negative effects of cultures of violence and complacency in the face of current dangers in this field through long-term programmes of education and training, express its appreciation to the Member States, the United Nations and other international and regional organizations, civil society, and non-governmental organizations that implemented the recommendations made in the United Nations study (document A/57/124).


The Assembly would also, by further terms of the draft, request the Secretary-General to prepare a report reviewing the results of the implementation and possible new opportunities for promoting disarmament and non-proliferation education, and to submit it at the sixty-fifth session.


The text was approved on 30 October without a vote.


Draft resolution XXXII, on the Convention on Cluster Munitions (document A/C.1/63/L.56), would have the Assembly, recalling the conclusion of negotiations at Dublin on 30 May on the Convention, request the Secretary-General to render the necessary assistance and to provide such services as may be necessary to fulfil the tasks entrusted to him by the Convention.


The draft text was approved on 30 October without a vote.


Draft resolution XXXIII, on the illicit trade in small arms and light weapons in all its aspects (document A/C.1/63/L.57), would have the Assembly underline the fact that the issue of the illicit trade in these arms and weapons required concerted efforts at the national, regional and international levels to prevent, combat and eradicate the illicit manufacture, transfer and circulation of these arms and weapons, and that their uncontrolled spread in many regions of the world had a wide range of humanitarian and socio-economic consequences and posed a serious threat to peace, reconciliation, safety, security, stability and sustainable development at the individual, local, national, regional and international levels.


The draft text would also have the Assembly encourage all efforts to build national capacity for the effective implementation of the Programme of Action to Prevent, Combat and Eradicate the Illicit Trade in Small Arms and Light Weapons in All Its Aspects, including those highlighted in the Third Biennial Meeting of States’ report.  The Assembly would also call upon all States to implement the International Tracing Instrument by, among other things, including in their national reports information on the name and contact information of the national points of contact and on national marking practices related to markings used to indicate country of manufacture and/or country of import.


On 29 October, the Committee first voted on operative paragraph 4, which reads that the Assembly “endorses the report adopted at the Third Biennial Meeting of States to Consider the Implementation of the Programme of Action to Prevent, Combat and Eradicate the Illicit Trade in Small Arms and Light Weapons in All Its Aspects, and encourages all States to implement the measures highlighted in the report”.  It chose to retain that paragraph by 164 in favour to none against, with 2 abstentions ( Iran, United States). 


Voting next on operative paragraph 13, which reads that the Assembly “decides to convene an open-ended meeting of governmental experts for a period of one week, not later than in 2011, to address key implementation challenges and opportunities relating to particular issues and themes, including international cooperation and assistance”, the Committee also retained that paragraph by a vote of 164 in favour to 1 against (United States), with 1 abstention (Iran).


The draft resolution as a whole was then approved by a vote of 166 in favour to 1 against ( United States), with no abstentions. 


Draft resolution XXXIV, on renewed determination towards the total elimination of nuclear weapons (A/C.1/63/L.58), would have the Assembly reaffirm the importance of all States parties to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons complying with their obligations under all its articles.  It would call upon States not parties to the Treaty to accede to it as non-nuclear-weapon States without delay and without conditions, and pending their accession, to refrain from acts that would defeat the Treaty’s object and purpose, as well as to take practical steps in support of the treaty.


The Assembly would also encourage further steps leading to nuclear disarmament, including deeper reductions in all types of nuclear weapons, and emphasize the importance of applying irreversibility and verifiability, as well as increased transparency in a way that promoted international stability and undiminished security for all, in the process of working towards the elimination of nuclear weapons.


By further terms, the Assembly would encourage the Russian Federation and the United States to implement fully the Treaty on Strategic Offensive Reductions and to undertake nuclear arms reductions beyond those provided for by the Treaty, including through the conclusion of a legally binding successor to the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty, which was due to expire in 2009.


Among the other provisions of that wide-ranging draft, the Assembly would call for the nuclear-weapon States to further reduce the operational status of nuclear weapon systems in ways that promoted international stability and security.


The text was approved on 28 October by a vote of 163 in favour to 4 against (Democratic Republic of Korea, India, Israel, United States), with 6 abstentions ( Bhutan, China, Cuba, Iran, Myanmar, Pakistan).


Draft decision I, on the convening of the fourth special session of the General Assembly devoted to disarmament (document A/C.1/63/L.22), would have the Assembly, recalling its decision 62/552 of 11 September 2008 and its resolution 62/29 of 5 December 2007, decide to include in the provisional agenda of its sixty-fourth session the item entitled “Convening of the fourth special session of the General Assembly devoted to disarmament”.

The text was approved without a vote on 31 October.


Draft decision II, on the United Nations conference to identify appropriate ways of eliminating nuclear dangers in the context of nuclear disarmament (document A/C.1/63/L.54), would have the Assembly decide to include in the provisional agenda of its sixty-fourth session the item entitled “United Nations conference to identify appropriate ways of eliminating nuclear dangers in the context of nuclear disarmament.”


The draft text was approved on 28 October by a vote of 121 in favour to 3 against ( France, United Kingdom, United States), with 45 abstentions.


The General Assembly was then expected to take up the report on the review and implementation of the Concluding Document of the Twelfth Special Session of the General Assembly (document A/63/390), which contains eight draft resolutions.


Draft resolution I, on the United Nations Regional Centre for Peace, Disarmament and Development in Latin America and the Caribbean (document A/C.1/63/L.13) was approved, as orally amended, without a vote on 31 October.


By the text, the Assembly would request the Secretary-General to provide, from the biennial regular budget starting in 2010-2011, the necessary support to ensure the sustainability of the core activities and operations of the United Nations Regional Centre for Peace, Disarmament and Development in Latin America and the Caribbean, in order for it to carry out its programme of activities in accordance with its mandate.


By further terms, the Assembly would appeal to Member States, in particular those within the Latin American and Caribbean region, and to international governmental and non-governmental organizations and foundations to make and to increase voluntary contributions to strengthen The Regional Centre, its programme of activities and the implementation thereof.


Draft resolution II, on the Convention on the Prohibition of the Use of Nuclear Weapons (document A/C.1/63/L.15), would have the Assembly, convinced that the use of nuclear weapons poses the most serious threat to the survival of mankind, reiterate its request to the Conference on Disarmament to commence negotiations in order to reach agreement on an international convention prohibiting the use or threat of use of nuclear weapons under any circumstances.


It was approved on 28 October by a vote of 110 in favour to 50 against, with 11 abstentions.


Draft resolution III, on United Nations regional centres for peace and disarmament (document A/C.1/63/L.24), would have the Assembly reiterate the importance of the United Nations activities at the regional level to advancement in disarmament and to increase the stability and security of its Member States, which could be promoted in a substantive manner by the maintenance and revitalization of the three regional centres for peace and disarmament.


Also by that text, the Assembly would also appeal to Member States in each region and those that are able to do so, as well as to international governmental and non-governmental organizations and foundations, to make voluntary contributions to the regional centres in their respective regions to strengthen their activities and initiatives.  It would emphasize the importance of the activities of the regional disarmament branch of the Office for Disarmament Affairs of the Secretariat.  It would further request the Secretary-General to provide all necessary support, within existing resources, to the regional Centres in carrying out their programmes of activities.


Acting without a vote, the Committee approved the text on 31 October.


By the terms of draft resolution IV, on the United Nations Regional Centre for Peace and Disarmament in Asia and the Pacific (document A/C.1/63/L.42), the Assembly would request the Secretary-General to provide, from the biennial regular budget starting in 2010-2011, the necessary support to ensure the sustainability of the core activities and operations of the Regional Centre, in order for it to carry out its programme of activities in accordance with its mandate.


It was approved without a vote on 31 October.


Draft resolution V, entitled regional confidence-building measures:  activities of the United Nations Standing Advisory Committee on Security Questions in Central Africa (document A/C.1/63/L.46), was approved on 29 October without a vote.


By its terms, the Assembly, convinced that resources released by disarmament can be devoted to economic and social development and the protection of the environment, would appeal to the international community to support the efforts undertaken by the States concerned to implement disarmament, demobilization and reintegration programmes.  The Assembly would also urge Member States and intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations to support the activities of the Standing Advisory Committee, including through provision of the assistance needed to ensure the success of their regular biennial meetings.


Draft resolution VI, on the United Nations disarmament fellowship, training and advisory services (document A/C.1/63/L.49), would have the Assembly, noting that the programme had trained a large number of officials from Member States through its thirty years of existence, express its appreciation of the Member States, international agencies and the United Nations Secretary-General for their contributions to the programme.


It was approved without a vote on 30 October.


By the terms of draft resolution VII, on the United Nations Regional Centre for Peace and Disarmament in Africa (document A/C.1/63/L.50/Rev.1), the Assembly would express deep concern that, as noted in the report of the Secretary-General, despite the decision taken in Khartoum in January 2006 by the Executive Council of the African Union, in which the Council called upon Member States to make voluntary contributions to the Regional Centre to maintain its operations, no such funds have been received to ensure its operations.  Under the text, the Assembly would urge all States, as well as international governmental and non-governmental organizations and foundations, to make voluntary contributions to strengthen the programmes and activities of the Regional Centre and facilitate their implementation.


It would also urge, in particular, States members of the African Union to make voluntary contributions to the Regional Centre’s trust funds in conformity with the decision taken by the Executive Council of the African Union, in Khartoum in January 2006, and would request the Secretary-General to continue to provide the necessary support to the Regional Centre for better achievements and results.


The text was approved without a vote on 30 October.


The terms of draft resolution VIII, on the United Nations Disarmament Information Programme (document A/C.1/63/L.53), would have the Assembly welcome the launch of the new United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs website and invite Member States and other users to make use of its expanded content and specialization.  It would also stress the importance of the Programme as a significant instrument in enabling all Member States to participate fully in the deliberations and negotiations on disarmament in the various United Nations bodies, in assisting them in complying with treaties as required and in contributing to agreed mechanisms for transparency.  It would also commend with satisfaction the launch of the United Nations Disarmament Yearbook for 2007, with a new format and content, as well as its online edition by the United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs, among other things.


That draft resolution was approved on 30 October without a vote.


Next, the Assembly was expected to take up the report on the review of the implementation of the recommendations and decisions adopted by the General Assembly at its tenth special session (document A/63/391), which contains two draft resolutions.


The first draft, entitled Report of the Conference on Disarmament (document A/C.1/63/L.47), would have the Assembly, recognizing the need to conduct multilateral negotiations with the aim of reaching agreement on concrete issues, call upon the Conference to further intensify consultations and explore possibilities with a view to reaching an agreement on a programme of work.


It was approved by the Committee on 29 October, as orally amended, without a vote.


The second draft resolution, on the Report of the Disarmament Commission (document A/C.1/63/L.48), would have the Assembly reaffirm the mandate of the Commission as the specialized, deliberative body within the United Nations multilateral disarmament machinery that allows in-depth deliberations on specific disarmament issues, leading to the submission of concrete recommendations on those issues.  It would also reaffirm the importance of further enhancing the dialogue and cooperation among the First Committee, the Disarmament Commission and the Conference on Disarmament.


By further terms of the text, the Assembly would request the Commission to meet for a period not exceeding three weeks during 2009, namely from 13 April to 1 May, and to submit a substantive report to the Assembly at its sixty-fourth session.  It would recommend that the Commission include in the agenda of its 2009 substantive session an item entitled “Elements of a draft declaration of the 2010s as the fourth disarmament decade”.  It would also recommend that the Commission intensify consultations with a view to reaching agreement on the remaining agenda items before the start of its substantive session of 2009.


The text was approved, as orally amended, by consensus on 29 October.


The Assembly was then expected to take up the report on the risk of nuclear proliferation in the Middle East (document A/62/93), which contains a draft resolution of the same name.  That text (document A/C.1/63/L.2) would have the Assembly reaffirm the importance of Israel’s accession to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons and placement of all its nuclear facilities under IAEA safeguards.  It would call upon Israel to accede to the Treaty without further delay and not develop, produce, test or otherwise acquire nuclear weapons, and to renounce possession of nuclear weapons, and place all its unsafeguarded nuclear facilities under full-scope IAEA safeguards.


A separate recorded vote had been requested on the sixth preambular paragraph, which reads, “Recalling the decision on principles and objectives for nuclear non-proliferation and disarmament adopted by the 1995 Review and Extension Conference of the parties to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons on 11 May 1995, in which the Conference urged universal adherence to the Treaty as an urgent priority and called upon all States not yet parties to the Treaty to accede to it at the earliest date, particularly those States that operate unsafeguarded nuclear facilities.”  The Committee voted to retain the paragraph by 157 in favour to 4 against (India, Israel, Pakistan, United States), with 5 abstentions (Bhutan, Cote d’Ivoire, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Ethiopia, Mauritius) on 28 October.


The draft text as a whole was then approved by 159 in favour to 5 against (Israel, Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Palau, United States), with 7 abstentions (Australia, Canada, Cote d’Ivoire, Ethiopia, India, Niger, Nigeria).


Next, the Assembly was expected to take up the report on the Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons (document A/63/393), which contains a draft resolution of the same name.  That text (document A/C.1/63/L.31) would have the Assembly call upon all States parties to the Convention that have not yet done so to express their consent to be bound by the Protocols to the Convention and the amendment extending the scope of the Convention and the Protocols thereto to include armed conflicts on a non-international character.


By other terms, the Assembly would emphasize the importance of universalization of the Protocol on Explosive Remnants of War (Protocol V) and welcome the additional ratifications and acceptances of or accessions to the Convention as well as the consents to be found by the Protocols thereto among other points.


The text was approved by the Committee without a vote on 29 October.


Turning to the Committee’s report on the strengthening of security and cooperation in the Mediterranean region (document A/63/394), the Assembly was then expected to consider the draft decision contained therein (document A/C.1/63/L.18).  By its terms, the Assembly would call upon all States of the Mediterranean region that have not yet done so to adhere to all the multilaterally negotiated legal instruments related to the field of disarmament and non-proliferation, thus creating the necessary conditions for strengthening peace and cooperation in the region.


It would also encourage all States of the region to favour the necessary conditions for strengthening the confidence-building measures among them by promoting genuine openness and transparency on all military matters, by participating inter alia, in the United Nations system for the standardized reporting of military expenditures and by providing accurate data and information to the United Nations Register of Conventional Arms among other things.


The Committee approved the text by consensus on 29 October. 


The Assembly was then expected to take up the report on the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (document A/63/395), which contains one draft resolution.  The terms of that draft resolution (document A/C.1/63/L.55) would have the Assembly, stressing that after more than 10 years the Treaty’s entry into force was more urgent than ever before, also stress the vital importance and urgency of signature and ratification, without delay and without conditions, to achieve the Treaty’s earliest entry into force.


By other terms, the Assembly would urge all States that had not signed the Treaty to sign and ratify it as soon as possible and those that had signed but not ratified it, particularly those whose ratification was needed for its entry into force, to accelerate their ratification processes.  It would urge all States to remain seized of the issue at the highest political level and, where possible, to promote adherence to the Treaty through bilateral and joint outreach.


It would urge all States not to carry out nuclear-weapon test explosions or any other nuclear explosions, to maintain their moratoriums in that regard, and to refrain from acts that would defeat the object and purpose of the Treaty, while stressing that those measures did not have the same permanent and legally binding effect as the Treaty’s entry into force.


The Assembly would also call for the verifiable denuclearization of the Korean peninsula in a peaceful manner through the successful implementation of the Joint Statement of 19 September 2005, and the initial and second phase actions to implement it, agreed in the framework of the six-party talks, among other things.


The text was approved by the Committee on 28 October by a vote of 168 in favour to 1 against ( United States), with 3 abstentions ( India, Mauritius, Syria).


Next, the Assembly was expected to take up the report on the Convention on the Prohibition of the Development, Production and Stockpiling of Bacteriological (Biological) and Toxin Weapons and on Their Destruction (document A/63/396), and the draft resolution contained therein.  That draft text (document A/C.1/63/L.11) was approved without a vote on 29 October.


By its terms, the Assembly would note with satisfaction the increase in the number of States parties to the Convention and reaffirm the call on all those that have not yet ratified it to do so without delay.  It would call upon those that have not signed it to become parties at an early date.  The Assembly would urge States parties to work closely with the Implementation Support Unit of the Conference on Disarmament Secretariat and Conference Support Branch of the Office for Disarmament Affairs in fulfilling its mandate, in accordance with the decision of the Sixth Review Conference. 


The Assembly was further expected to take up work on the report of the Committee on revitalization of the work of the General Assembly (document A/63/397).  That report did not contain any draft resolutions.


Finally, the Assembly was expected to take up work on the report of the Committee on programme planning (document A/63/446).  That report also did not contain any draft resolutions.


Action on Texts


COLY SECK ( Senegal), Rapporteur, introduced the reports for the First Committee (Disarmament and International Security).


The Assembly first took note of the report on the reduction of military budgets (document A/63/381), which contained no proposals.


It then turned to the report on the prohibition of the development and manufacture of new types of weapons of mass destruction and new systems of such weapons:  report of the Conference on Disarmament (document A/63/382), adopting the draft resolution contained therein by a vote of 175 in favour to 1 against (United States), with 1 abstention (Israel).  (For details of the vote, please see Annex I.)


The Assembly adopted without a vote the draft decision contained in the report on the maintenance of international security -- good neighbourliness, stability and development in South-Eastern Europe (document A/63/383).


Acting again without a vote, the Assembly adopted the draft decision in the report on the role of science and technology in the context of international security and disarmament (document A/63/384).


Turning next to the report containing the draft resolution on developments in the field of information and telecommunications in the context of international security (document A/63/385), the Assembly adopted the text by a vote of 178 in favour to 1 against ( United States), with no abstentions (see Annex II).


The Assembly then turned to the draft resolution contained in the report on the establishment of a nuclear-weapon-free zone in the region of the Middle East (document A/63/386), adopting that resolution, as orally revised, without a vote.


It then voted to adopt the draft resolution contained in the report on the conclusion of effective international arrangements to assure non-nuclear-weapon States against the use or threat of use of nuclear weapons (document A/63/387) by of 122 in favour to 1 against ( United States), with 58 abstentions (Annex III).


It then took up the report on the prevention of an arms race in outer space (document A/63/388), adopting the draft resolution contained therein by a vote of 177 in favour to 1 against ( United States), with 1 abstention ( Israel) (Annex IV).


The Assembly then turned to the draft texts contained in the report on general and complete disarmament (document A/63/389).  These included 34 draft resolutions and two draft decisions.


It was announced that action on draft XXV towards an arms trade treaty:  establishing common international standards for the import, export and transfer of conventional arms would be postponed to allow time for the review of its programme budget implications by the Fifth Committee (Administrative and Budgetary).


Then, proceeding to action on that cluster of draft texts, the Assembly first adopted draft I on decreasing the operational readiness of nuclear weapons systems with a vote 141 in favour to 3 against (France, United Kingdom, United States), with 34 abstentions (Annex V).


Next it adopted draft II on the Mine-Ban Convention with a vote of 163 in favour to none against, with 18 abstentions (Annex VI).


Turning to draft III, on regional disarmament, the Assembly adopted it without a vote.


The Assembly then adopted draft IV on conventional arms control at the regional and subregional levels with a vote of 175 in favour to 1 against (India), with 2 abstentions (Bhutan, Russian Federation) (Annex VII).


Acting without a vote, the Assembly adopted draft V on confidence-building measures in the regional and subregional context.


The Assembly then turned its attention to draft VI on nuclear disarmament which it adopted by a vote of 117 in favour to 45 against, with 19 abstentions (Annex VIII).


Turning to the draft VII on reducing nuclear danger, the Assembly adopted it by a vote of 118 in favour to 50 against, with 14 abstentions (Annex IX).


The Assembly adopted draft VIII on the Chemical Weapons Convention without a vote.


It then adopted draft IX on the follow-up to the advisory opinion of the International Court of Justice on the Legality of the Threat of Use of Nuclear Weapons with a vote of 127 in favour to 30 against, with 23 abstentions (Annex X).


By a vote of 126 in favour to 5 against (Israel, Federated States of Micronesia, Palau, United Kingdom, United States), with 50 abstentions, the Assembly adopted draft X on the promotion of multilateralism in the area of disarmament and non-proliferation (Annex XI).


Acting without a vote, the Assembly then adopted draft XI on the observance of environmental norms in the drafting and implementation of agreements on disarmament and arms control.


It then took up draft XII on the relationship between disarmament and development, adopting it without a vote.


The Assembly then adopted draft XIII on measures to uphold the authority of the 1925 Geneva Protocol by a vote of 174 in favour to none against, with 4 abstentions (Israel, Marshall Islands, Palau, United States) (Annex XII).


It then adopted draft XIV on the effects of the use of armaments and ammunitions containing depleted uranium with a vote of 141 in favour to 4 against (France, Israel, United Kingdom, United States), with 34 abstentions (Annex XIII).


Continuing, the Assembly adopted draft XV on missiles with a vote of 120 in favour to 10 against (Denmark, France, Israel, Lithuania, Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Netherlands, Palau, United Kingdom, United States), with 50 abstentions (Annex XIV).


Draft XVI on Mongolia ’s international security and nuclear-weapon-free-status was then adopted without a vote.


It also adopted draft XVII on information on confidence-building measures in the field of conventional arms without a vote.


The Assembly then took up draft XVIII on towards a nuclear-weapon-free world:  accelerating the implementation of nuclear disarmament commitments.  It first adopted operative paragraph 4 by a vote of 165 in favour to 4 against (India, Israel, Pakistan, United States), with 6 abstentions (Bhutan, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, France, Palau, Russian Federation, United Kingdom) (Annex XV).


It then adopted the draft as a whole by a vote of 166 in favour to 5 against (Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, France, India, Israel, United States), with 7 abstentions (Bhutan, Latvia, Federated States of Micronesia, Pakistan, Palau, Russian Federation, United Kingdom) (Annex XVI).


Draft XIX on compliance with non-proliferation, arms limitation and disarmament agreements and commitments was adopted by the Assembly by a vote 158 in favour to none against with 18 abstentions (Annex XVII).


Acting without a vote, the Assembly adopted draft XX on measures to prevent terrorists from acquiring weapons of mass destruction.


Turning to draft XXI on problems arising from the accumulation of conventional ammunition stockpiles in surplus, the Assembly adopted it without a vote.


The Assembly then took up draft XXII on the consolidation of peace through practical disarmament measures.  It first adopted preambular paragraph 10 by a vote of 176 in favour to none against, with 1 abstention ( Iran) (Annex XVIII).


It then adopted the draft as a whole with a vote of 182 in favour to none against, with no abstentions (Annex 19).


With a vote of 141 in favour to 3 against ( France, United Kingdom, United States), with 36 abstentions, the Assembly also adopted draft XXIII on the establishment of a nuclear-weapon-free zone in Central Asia (Annex XX).


The Assembly then turned to draft XXIV on The Hague Code of Conduct against Ballistic Missile Proliferation.


The representative of Bahrain said his delegation would not participate in the vote.


The Assembly then adopted the draft text by a vote of 159 in favour to 1 against ( Iran), with 18 abstentions (Annex XXI).


[Action on draft XXV on towards an arms trade treaty:  establishing common international standards for the import, export and transfer of conventional arms had been postponed].


The Assembly began action on draft XXVI on a nuclear-weapon-free southern hemisphere and adjacent areas by first adopting operative paragraph 6 with a vote of 168 in favour to 2 against (India, Pakistan), with 9 abstentions (Bahrain, Bhutan, France, Israel, Marshall Islands, Palau, Russian Federation, United Kingdom, United States) (Annex XXII).


It then adopted the document as a whole by a vote of 171 to 3 against (France, United Kingdom, United States), with 7 abstentions (India, Israel, Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Pakistan, Palau, Russian Federation) (Annex XXIII).


Acting without a vote the Assembly adopted draft XXVII on assistance to States for curbing the illicit traffic in small arms and light weapons and collecting them.


It then turned to draft XXVIII on preventing and combating illicit brokering activities, which was also adopted without a vote.


The representative of the Russian Federation said that his delegation had not participated in the vote.


The Assembly then took up draft XXIX on transparency and confidence-building measures in outer space activities which was adopted with a vote of 180 in favour to 1 against ( United States), with 1 abstention ( Israel) (Annex XXIV).


The Assembly then began action on draft XXX on transparency in armaments by first adopting operative paragraph 2 by a vote of 157 in favour to none against, with 22 abstentions (Annex XXV). 


It then adopted operative paragraph 3 by a vote of 158 in favour to none against, with 22 abstentions (Annex XXVI).


Next, it voted to retain operative paragraph 4, by a vote of 157 in favour to none against, with 22 abstentions (Annex XXVII).


It then adopted operative paragraph 5 (b) by a vote of 158 in favour to none against, with 22 abstentions (Annex XXVIII).


Voting on operative paragraph 5 as a whole, the Assembly adopted it with 158 in favour to none against, with 22 abstentions (Annex XXIX).


Operative paragraph 7 was next adopted by a vote of 158 in favour to none against, with 22 abstentions (Annex XXX).


By a vote of 160 in favour to none against, with 22 abstentions, the Assembly then adopted draft XXX in its entirety (Annex XXXI).


Acting without a vote, the Assembly adopted draft XXXI on the United Nations study on disarmament and non-proliferation education.


Also without a vote, the Assembly adopted draft XXXII on the Convention on Cluster Munitions.


Turning to draft XXXIII, on the illicit trade in small arms and light weapons in all its aspects, the Assembly first adopted operative paragraph 4 by a vote of 177 in favour to none against, with 2 abstentions (Iran, United States) (Annex XXXII).


It then adopted operative paragraph 13 by a vote of 176 in favour to 1 against ( United States), with 1 abstention ( Iran) (Annex XXXIII).


The Assembly adopted the text as a whole with a vote of 181 in favour to 1 against ( United States), with no abstentions (Annex XXXIV).


The Assembly then adopted draft XXXIV, on the renewed determination towards the total elimination of nuclear weapons, by a vote of 173 in favour to 4 against (Democratic Republic of Korea, India, Israel, United States), with 6 abstentions (Bhutan, China, Cuba, Iran, Myanmar, Pakistan) (Annex XXXV).


Continuing with the documents contained in the report A/63/389, the Assembly then adopted without a vote draft decision I on the convening of the fourth special session of the General Assembly devoted to disarmament.


It then adopted draft decision II on the United Nations conference to identify appropriate ways of eliminating nuclear dangers in the context of nuclear disarmament by a vote of 130 in favour to 3 against (France, United Kingdom, United States), with 46 abstentions (Annex XXXVI).


Explanations of Vote


Speaking after the votes on the 34 resolutions contained in the Report on General and Complete Disarmament (document A/63/389), the representative of France made reference to draft resolution XII on the relationship between disarmament and development and explained its non-participation in the voting on the matter in the General Assembly.  That was because of the country’s known reservations on the issues between disarmament and development.


The representative of Libya explained the vote on the resolution regarding the Mine-Ban Treaty, draft II.  Libya had abstained from voting because it was lamentable that current mechanisms did not effectively deal with the issue of anti-personnel mines and did not take into account the countries suffering from those mines.  The Ottawa Treaty neglected those countries that suffered from the effects of invasions.  The Ottawa Convention and its provisions should be reviewed, and new provisions should be created which made the treaty an acceptable instrument.  All the mines still active and laid in certain countries should be removed and all injured persons affected by mines should be treated.  An environmental response was necessary for the damaged land.  Mines should be banned and countries that laid the mines should pay for their removal.  The Ottawa Convention was not balanced and did not favour the interest of some countries.  It must respond to countries’ fears, or they would abstain from voting on the resolution; some signatories to the Convention might even withdraw from it. 


The representative of Benin said his delegation had voted for draft resolution II on the application of the total ban on the stockpiling and production of anti-personnel mines because his Government attached great importance to that issue within the framework of the [Mine Ban] Convention.  The international community had banned those weapons because of the harm they inflicted on civilian populations.  They continued to have an effect long after a conflict had ended and prevented the use of lands that were needed for sustainable development in post-conflict environments.  Within the framework of its cooperation with France, Benin had created, in 2002, centres for further training in mine clearance and decontamination.  That regionally based, national school had students from 19 African countries and was open to any country that wished to train personnel for mine clearance purposes.


Noting that Benin had already cleared many hectares of land near its capital, he said anti-personnel mine trainees had helped reduce the threat such mines posed to the local population.  In the fight against mines, the Benin centre sought to contribute to the expertise of all those participating in United Nations peacekeeping operations and was part of a network of training centres used by the Organization.


The representative of the Democratic Republic of the Congo said he had been out of the room during some parts of the voting process.  If his delegation had been present, it would have voted for draft resolutions XV, XVIII, XIX, XXII, XXIII, XXIV and XXVI.


Mali’s representative said his delegation was a co-sponsor of draft resolution XXIV on the proliferation of ballistic missiles and draft resolution XXVII on the illicit trade in small arms, even though its name did not appear on the list.


The Assembly then turned to the draft texts contained in the report on the review and implementation of the Concluding Document of the Twelfth Special Session of the General Assembly (document A/63/390).


Acting without a vote, the Assembly adopted draft resolution I on the United Nations Regional Centre for Peace, Disarmament and Development in Latin America and the Caribbean.


It then adopted draft resolution II on the Convention on the Prohibition of the Use of Nuclear Weapons by a vote of 121 in favour to 50 against, with 10 abstentions (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Japan, Kazakhstan, Republic of Korea, Kyrgyzstan, Marshall islands, Russian Federation, Serbia, Uzbekistan) (Annex XXXVII).


Draft resolution III on United Nations Regional Centres for Peace and Disarmament was adopted without a vote.


Also acting without a vote, the Assembly adopted draft resolution IV on the United Nations Regional Centre for Peace and Disarmament in Asia and the Pacific.


The Assembly also adopted draft resolution V on regional confidence-building measures:  activities of the United Nations Standing Advisory Committee on Security Questions in Central Africa without a vote.


Draft resolution VI on the United Nations disarmament fellowship, training and advisory services was also adopted without a vote.


Further acting without a vote, the Assembly adopted draft resolution VII on the United Nations Regional Centre for Peace and Disarmament in Africa.


Again without a vote, the Assembly adopted draft resolution VIII on the United Nations Disarmament Information Programme.


The Assembly then turned to the draft texts contained in the report on the review of the implementation of the recommendations and decisions adopted by the General Assembly at its tenth special session (document A/63/391).


Acting without a vote, the Assembly adopted draft resolution I on the Report of the Conference on Disarmament.


It also adopted without a vote draft resolution II on the Report of the Disarmament Commission.


The Assembly then turned to the report on the risk of nuclear proliferation in the Middle East (document A/63/392).  It first adopted preambular paragraph 6 of the resolution contained therein by a vote of 167 in favour to 5 against ( India, Israel, Pakistan, Palau, United States), with 4 abstentions ( Bhutan, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Ethiopia, Mauritius) (Annex XXXVIII).


It then adopted the draft resolution as a whole by a vote of 169 in favour to 5 against (Israel, Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Palau, United States), with 6 abstentions (Australia, Canada, Cameroon, Ethiopia, India, Tonga) (Annex XXXIX).


Speaking in explanation of vote, the representative of Canada said his delegation had abstained in voting on the draft resolution.  In 2007, Canada had spoken on the resolution on the risk of nuclear proliferation in the Middle East ‑‑ which, in fact, was concentrated only on Israel -- expressing reservations on the text’s lack of nuances, which put its relevancy in doubt.  The Treaty referenced in the text [NPT] had to do with obligations held by all countries.


Noting that the resolution highlighted that the proliferation of nuclear weapons in the Middle East was a severe threat to peace and safety internationally, he said Iran was the greatest threat, having not complied with any United Nations Security Council resolutions.  Yet, the present resolution did not take into account the concerns resulting from that fact.  Canada was also very concerned about the information revealed earlier this year about the possible nuclear facilities in Syria, which were not declared.  Thus, his delegation had abstained from voting on the resolution and hoped that in the future there would be a more balanced resolution that accurately reflected the region’s situation.


The representative of Cape Verde said he felt that the voting was going too fast, and during the vote on last resolution he could not fully vote.  If he had been able to vote, he would have voted in favour of the resolution.


The representative of Niger said he had been unable to vote on the sixth preambular paragraph, but he would have voted in favour of it.


The draft resolution contained in the report on the Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons (document A/63/393) was adopted by the Assembly without a vote.


Also adopted without a vote was the draft resolution contained in the report on strengthening of security and cooperation in the Mediterranean region (document A/63/394).


The Assembly adopted the draft resolution contained in the report on the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (document A/63/395) with a vote of 175 in favour to 1 against (United States), with 3 abstentions (India, Mauritius, Syria) (Annex XXXX).


Acting without a vote, the Assembly adopted the draft resolution contained in the report on the Convention on the Prohibition of the Development, Production and Stockpiling of Bacteriological (Biological) and Toxin Weapons and on Their Destruction (Biological Weapons Convention) (document A/63/396).


The Assembly next considered the report on the revitalization of the work of the General Assembly (document A/63/397), adopting without a vote the draft decision contained therein on the proposed programme of work and timetable of the First Committee for 2009.


It then took up the report on programme planning (document A/63/446), taking note of that First Committee report.


ANNEX I


Vote on Ban on New Types of Weapons of Mass Destruction


The draft resolution on the prohibition of the development and manufacture of new types of weapons of mass destruction and new systems of such weapons:  report of the Conference on Disarmament (document A/63/382) was adopted by a recorded vote of 175 in favour to 1 against, with 1 abstention, as follows:


In favour:  Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria, Andorra, Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bahamas, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belarus, Belgium, Belize, Benin, Bhutan, Bolivia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Botswana, Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cambodia, Cameroon, Canada, Cape Verde, Chile, China, Colombia, Comoros, Congo, Costa Rica, Côte d’Ivoire, Croatia, Cuba, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Denmark, Djibouti, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Estonia, Ethiopia, Finland, France, Gabon, Georgia, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Grenada, Guatemala, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Hungary, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Ireland, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Latvia, Lebanon, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Madagascar, Malawi, Malaysia, Maldives, Mali, Malta, Marshall Islands, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mexico, Micronesia (Federated States of), Monaco, Mongolia, Montenegro, Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, Nepal, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, Norway, Oman, Pakistan, Palau, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Republic of Korea, Republic of Moldova, Romania, Russian Federation, Rwanda, Saint Lucia, Samoa, San Marino, Sao Tome and Principe, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Serbia, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Solomon Islands, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Suriname, Swaziland, Sweden, Switzerland, Syria, Tajikistan, Thailand, The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Timor-Leste, Togo, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Tuvalu, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United Republic of Tanzania, Uruguay, Uzbekistan, Venezuela, Viet Nam, Yemen, Zambia, Zimbabwe.


Against:  United States.


Abstain:  Israel.


Absent:  Central African Republic, Chad, Dominica, Fiji, Gambia, Kiribati, Nauru, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Tonga, Uganda, Vanuatu.


ANNEX II


Vote on Developments in Information and Telecommunications


The draft resolution on Developments in the field of information and telecommunications in the context of international security (document A/63/385) was adopted by a recorded vote of 178 in favour to 1 against, as follows:


In favour:  Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria, Andorra, Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bahamas, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belarus, Belgium, Belize, Benin, Bhutan, Bolivia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Botswana, Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cambodia, Cameroon, Canada, Cape Verde, Chile, China, Colombia, Comoros, Congo, Costa Rica, Côte d’Ivoire, Croatia, Cuba, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Denmark, Djibouti, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Estonia, Ethiopia, Finland, France, Gabon, Georgia, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Grenada, Guatemala, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Hungary, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Latvia, Lebanon, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Madagascar, Malawi, Malaysia, Maldives, Mali, Malta, Marshall Islands, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mexico, Micronesia (Federated States of), Monaco, Mongolia, Montenegro, Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, Nepal, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, Norway, Oman, Pakistan, Palau, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Republic of Korea, Republic of Moldova, Romania, Russian Federation, Rwanda, Saint Lucia, Samoa, San Marino, Sao Tome and Principe, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Serbia, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Solomon Islands, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Suriname, Swaziland, Sweden, Switzerland, Syria, Tajikistan, Thailand, The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Timor-Leste, Togo, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Tuvalu, Uganda, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United Republic of Tanzania, Uruguay, Uzbekistan, Venezuela, Viet Nam, Yemen, Zambia, Zimbabwe.


Against:  United States.


Absent:  Central African Republic, Chad, Fiji, Gambia, Kiribati, Nauru, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Tonga, Vanuatu.


ANNEX III


Vote on Negative Security Assurances


The draft resolution on conclusion of effective international arrangements to assure non-nuclear-weapon States against the use or threat of use of nuclear weapons (document A/63/387) was adopted by a recorded vote of 122 in favour to 1 against, with 58 abstentions, as follows:


In favour:  Afghanistan, Algeria, Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Azerbaijan, Bahamas, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belarus, Belize, Benin, Bhutan, Bolivia, Botswana, Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cambodia, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Chile, China, Colombia, Comoros, Congo, Costa Rica, Côte d’Ivoire, Cuba, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Djibouti, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Ghana, Grenada, Guatemala, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Jamaica, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Lebanon, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Madagascar, Malawi, Malaysia, Maldives, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mexico, Mongolia, Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, Nepal, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, Oman, Pakistan, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Qatar, Rwanda, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, Sao Tome and Principe, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Singapore, Solomon Islands, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Suriname, Swaziland, Syria, Tajikistan, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Togo, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, Turkmenistan, Uganda, United Arab Emirates, United Republic of Tanzania, Uruguay, Uzbekistan, Venezuela, Viet Nam, Yemen, Zambia, Zimbabwe.


Against:  United States.


Abstain:  Albania, Andorra, Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Marshall Islands, Micronesia (Federated States of), Monaco, Montenegro, Nauru, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Palau, Poland, Portugal, Republic of Korea, Republic of Moldova, Romania, Russian Federation, San Marino, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Turkey, Tuvalu, Ukraine, United Kingdom.


Absent:  Central African Republic, Chad, Fiji, Gambia, Kiribati, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Tonga, Vanuatu.


ANNEX IV


Vote on Outer Space Arms Race


The draft resolution on prevention of an arms race in outer space (document A/63/388) was adopted by a recorded vote of 177 in favour to 1 against, with 1 abstention, as follows:


In favour:  Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria, Andorra, Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bahamas, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belarus, Belgium, Belize, Benin, Bhutan, Bolivia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Botswana, Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cambodia, Cameroon, Canada, Cape Verde, Chile, China, Colombia, Comoros, Congo, Costa Rica, Côte d’Ivoire, Croatia, Cuba, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Denmark, Djibouti, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Estonia, Ethiopia, Finland, France, Gabon, Georgia, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Grenada, Guatemala, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Hungary, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Ireland, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Latvia, Lebanon, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Madagascar, Malawi, Malaysia, Maldives, Mali, Malta, Marshall Islands, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mexico, Micronesia (Federated States of), Monaco, Mongolia, Montenegro, Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, Nepal, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, Norway, Oman, Pakistan, Palau, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Republic of Korea, Republic of Moldova, Romania, Russian Federation, Rwanda, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, San Marino, Sao Tome and Principe, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Serbia, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Solomon Islands, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Suriname, Swaziland, Sweden, Switzerland, Syria, Tajikistan, Thailand, The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Timor-Leste, Togo, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Tuvalu, Uganda, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United Republic of Tanzania, Uruguay, Uzbekistan, Venezuela, Viet Nam, Yemen, Zambia, Zimbabwe.


Against:  United States.


Abstain:  Israel.


Absent:  Central African Republic, Chad, Dominica, Fiji, Gambia, Kiribati, Nauru, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Tonga, Vanuatu.


ANNEX V


Vote on Decreasing Operational Readiness of Nuclear Weapons


The draft resolution on decreasing the operational readiness of nuclear weapons systems (document A/63/389) was adopted by a recorded vote of 141 in favour to 3 against, with 34 abstentions, as follows:


In favour:  Afghanistan, Algeria, Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bahamas, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belgium, Belize, Benin, Bhutan, Bolivia, Botswana, Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cambodia, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Chile, Colombia, Comoros, Congo, Costa Rica, Côte d’Ivoire, Cuba, Cyprus, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Djibouti, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Finland, Gabon, Germany, Ghana, Grenada, Guatemala, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Ireland, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Lebanon, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Liechtenstein, Madagascar, Malawi, Malaysia, Maldives, Mali, Malta, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mexico, Mongolia, Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, Nepal, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, Norway, Oman, Pakistan, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Portugal, Qatar, Rwanda, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, San Marino, Sao Tome and Principe, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Singapore, Solomon Islands, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Suriname, Swaziland, Sweden, Switzerland, Syria, Tajikistan, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Togo, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, Turkmenistan, Tuvalu, Uganda, United Arab Emirates, United Republic of Tanzania, Uruguay, Uzbekistan, Venezuela, Viet Nam, Yemen, Zambia, Zimbabwe.


Against:  France, United Kingdom, United States.


Abstain:  Albania, Andorra, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Canada, China, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Georgia, Greece, Hungary, Israel, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Marshall Islands, Micronesia (Federated States of), Montenegro, Netherlands, Palau, Poland, Republic of Korea, Republic of Moldova, Romania, Russian Federation, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Turkey, Ukraine.


Absent:  Central African Republic, Chad, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Fiji, Gambia, Kiribati, Monaco, Nauru, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Tonga, Vanuatu.


ANNEX VI


Vote on Mine Ban Convention


The draft resolution on Mine-Ban Convention (document A/63/389) was adopted by a recorded vote of 163 in favour to none against, with 18 abstentions, as follows:


In favour:  Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria, Andorra, Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bahamas, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belarus, Belgium, Belize, Benin, Bhutan, Bolivia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Botswana, Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cambodia, Cameroon, Canada, Cape Verde, Chile, China, Colombia, Comoros, Congo, Costa Rica, Côte d’Ivoire, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Denmark, Djibouti, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Estonia, Ethiopia, Finland, France, Gabon, Georgia, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Grenada, Guatemala, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Hungary, Iceland, Indonesia, Iraq, Ireland, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kuwait, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Latvia, Lesotho, Liberia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Madagascar, Malawi, Malaysia, Maldives, Mali, Malta, Marshall Islands, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mexico, Micronesia (Federated States of), Monaco, Mongolia, Montenegro, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Nauru, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, Norway, Oman, Palau, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Republic of Moldova, Romania, Rwanda, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, San Marino, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Serbia, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Solomon Islands, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Suriname, Swaziland, Sweden, Switzerland, Tajikistan, Thailand, The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Timor-Leste, Togo, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Tuvalu, Uganda, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United Republic of Tanzania, Uruguay, Vanuatu, Venezuela, Yemen, Zambia, Zimbabwe.


Against:  None.


Abstain:  Cuba, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Egypt, India, Iran, Israel, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, Libya, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Republic of Korea, Russian Federation, Syria, United States, Uzbekistan, Viet Nam.


Absent:  Central African Republic, Chad, Fiji, Gambia, Kiribati, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saudi Arabia, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Tonga.


ANNEX VII


Vote on Conventional Arms Control at Regional and Subregional Levels


The draft resolution on conventional arms control at the regional and subregional levels (document A/63/389) was adopted by a recorded vote of 175 in favour to 1 against, with 2 abstentions, as follows:


In favour:  Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria, Andorra, Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bahamas, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belarus, Belgium, Belize, Benin, Bolivia, Botswana, Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cambodia, Cameroon, Canada, Cape Verde, Chile, China, Colombia, Comoros, Congo, Costa Rica, Côte d’Ivoire, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Denmark, Djibouti, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Estonia, Ethiopia, Finland, France, Gabon, Georgia, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Grenada, Guatemala, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Hungary, Iceland, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lebanon, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Madagascar, Malawi, Malaysia, Maldives, Mali, Malta, Marshall Islands, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mexico, Micronesia (Federated States of), Monaco, Mongolia, Montenegro, Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, Nepal, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, Norway, Oman, Pakistan, Palau, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Republic of Korea, Republic of Moldova, Romania, Rwanda, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, San Marino, Sao Tome and Principe, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Serbia, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Solomon Islands, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Suriname, Swaziland, Sweden, Switzerland, Syria, Tajikistan, Thailand, The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Timor-Leste, Togo, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Tuvalu, Uganda, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United Republic of Tanzania, United States, Uruguay, Uzbekistan, Vanuatu, Venezuela, Yemen, Zambia, Zimbabwe.


Against:  India.


Abstain:  Bhutan, Russian Federation.


Absent:  Bosnia and Herzegovina, Central African Republic, Chad, Cuba, Fiji, Gambia, Kiribati, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Nauru, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Viet Nam.


ANNEX VIII


Vote on N uclear Disarmament


The draft resolution on nuclear disarmament (document A/63/389) was adopted by a recorded vote of 117 in favour to 45 against, with 19 abstentions, as follows:


In favour:  Afghanistan, Algeria, Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Bahamas, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belize, Benin, Bhutan, Bolivia, Botswana, Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cambodia, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Chile, China, Colombia, Comoros, Congo, Costa Rica, Côte d’Ivoire, Cuba, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Djibouti, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Ghana, Grenada, Guatemala, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Jamaica, Jordan, Kenya, Kuwait, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Lebanon, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Madagascar, Malawi, Malaysia, Maldives, Mali, Mauritania, Mexico, Mongolia, Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, Nauru, Nepal, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, Oman, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Qatar, Rwanda, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, Sao Tome and Principe, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Singapore, Solomon Islands, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Suriname, Swaziland, Syria, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Togo, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, Tuvalu, Uganda, United Arab Emirates, United Republic of Tanzania, Uruguay, Vanuatu, Venezuela, Viet Nam, Yemen, Zambia, Zimbabwe.


Against:  Albania, Andorra, Australia, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Israel, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Micronesia (Federated States of), Monaco, Montenegro, Netherlands, Norway, Palau, Poland, Portugal, Republic of Moldova, Romania, San Marino, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Switzerland, The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom, United States.


Abstain:  Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belarus, India, Ireland, Japan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Malta, Marshall Islands, Mauritius, Pakistan, Republic of Korea, Russian Federation, Serbia, Sweden, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan.


Absent:  Central African Republic, Chad, Fiji, Gabon, Gambia, Kiribati, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Turkmenistan.


ANNEX IX


Vote on R educing Nuclear Danger


The draft resolution on reducing nuclear danger (document A/63/389) was adopted by a recorded vote of 118 in favour to 50 against, with 14 abstentions, as follows:


In favour:  Afghanistan, Algeria, Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belize, Benin, Bhutan, Bolivia, Botswana, Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cambodia, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Chile, Colombia, Comoros, Congo, Costa Rica, Côte d’Ivoire, Cuba, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Djibouti, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Ghana, Grenada, Guatemala, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Jamaica, Jordan, Kenya, Kuwait, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Lebanon, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Madagascar, Malawi, Malaysia, Maldives, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mexico, Mongolia, Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, Nauru, Nepal, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, Oman, Pakistan, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Qatar, Rwanda, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, Sao Tome and Principe, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Singapore, Solomon Islands, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Suriname, Swaziland, Syria, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Togo, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, Turkmenistan, Tuvalu, Uganda, United Arab Emirates, United Republic of Tanzania, Uruguay, Vanuatu, Venezuela, Viet Nam, Yemen, Zambia, Zimbabwe.


Against:  Albania, Andorra, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Micronesia (Federated States of), Monaco, Montenegro, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Palau, Poland, Portugal, Republic of Moldova, Romania, San Marino, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom, United States.


Abstain:  Argentina, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, China, Japan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Marshall Islands, Republic of Korea, Russian Federation, Serbia, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan.


Absent:  Central African Republic, Chad, Fiji, Gabon, Gambia, Kiribati, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia.


ANNEX X


Vote on Advisory Opinion on Use, Threat of Nuclear Weapons


The draft resolution on Follow-up to the advisory opinion of the International Court of Justice on the Legality of the Threat or Use of Threat of Nuclear Weapons (document A/63/389) was adopted by a recorded vote of 127 in favour to 30 against, with 23 abstentions, as follows:


In favour:  Afghanistan, Algeria, Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Austria, Bahamas, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belize, Benin, Bhutan, Bolivia, Botswana, Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cambodia, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Chile, China, Colombia, Comoros, Congo, Costa Rica, Côte d’Ivoire, Cuba, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Djibouti, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Ghana, Grenada, Guatemala, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Ireland, Jamaica, Jordan, Kenya, Kuwait, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Lebanon, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Madagascar, Malawi, Malaysia, Maldives, Mali, Malta, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mexico, Mongolia, Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, Nepal, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, Oman, Pakistan, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Qatar, Rwanda, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, San Marino, Sao Tome and Principe, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Serbia, Singapore, Solomon Islands, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Suriname, Swaziland, Sweden, Switzerland, Syria, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Togo, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, Turkmenistan, Tuvalu, Uganda, United Arab Emirates, United Republic of Tanzania, Uruguay, Vanuatu, Venezuela, Viet Nam, Yemen, Zambia, Zimbabwe.


Against:  Albania, Belgium, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Israel, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Palau, Poland, Portugal, Russian Federation, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Turkey, United Kingdom, United States.


Abstain:  Andorra, Armenia, Australia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Canada, Croatia, Cyprus, Finland, Japan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Liechtenstein, Marshall Islands, Micronesia (Federated States of), Montenegro, Republic of Korea, Republic of Moldova, Romania, Tajikistan, Ukraine, Uzbekistan.


Absent:  Central African Republic, Chad, Fiji, Gabon, Gambia, Kiribati, Monaco, Nauru, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia.


ANNEX XI


Vote on M ultilateralism in Disarmament and Non-Proliferation


The draft resolution on promotion of multilateralism in the area of disarmament and non-proliferation (document A/63/389) was adopted by a recorded vote of 126 in favour to 5 against, with 50 abstentions, as follows:


In favour:  Afghanistan, Algeria, Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Azerbaijan, Bahamas, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belarus, Belize, Benin, Bhutan, Bolivia, Botswana, Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cambodia, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Chile, China, Colombia, Comoros, Congo, Costa Rica, Côte d’Ivoire, Cuba, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Djibouti, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Ghana, Grenada, Guatemala, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Jamaica, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Lebanon, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Madagascar, Malawi, Malaysia, Maldives, Mali, Marshall Islands, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mexico, Mongolia, Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, Nepal, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, Oman, Pakistan, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Qatar, Russian Federation, Rwanda, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Sao Tome and Principe, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Singapore, Solomon Islands, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Suriname, Swaziland, Syria, Tajikistan, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Togo, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, Turkmenistan, Tuvalu, Uganda, United Arab Emirates, United Republic of Tanzania, Uruguay, Uzbekistan, Vanuatu, Venezuela, Viet Nam, Yemen, Zambia, Zimbabwe.


Against:  Israel, Micronesia (Federated States of), Palau, United Kingdom, United States.


Abstain:  Albania, Andorra, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, Montenegro, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Republic of Korea, Republic of Moldova, Romania, Samoa, San Marino, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Turkey, Ukraine.


Absent:  Central African Republic, Chad, Fiji, Gabon, Gambia, Kiribati, Nauru, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia.


ANNEX XII


Vote on M easures to Uphold 1925 Geneva Protocol


The draft resolution on measures to uphold the authority of the 1925 Geneva Protocol (document A/63/389) was adopted by a recorded vote of 174 in favour to none against, with 4 abstentions, as follows:


In favour:  Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria, Andorra, Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bahamas, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belarus, Belgium, Belize, Benin, Bhutan, Bolivia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Botswana, Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cambodia, Cameroon, Canada, Cape Verde, Chile, China, Colombia, Comoros, Congo, Costa Rica, Côte d’Ivoire, Croatia, Cuba, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Denmark, Djibouti, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Estonia, Ethiopia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Grenada, Guatemala, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Hungary, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Ireland, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Latvia, Lebanon, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Madagascar, Malawi, Malaysia, Maldives, Mali, Malta, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mexico, Monaco, Mongolia, Montenegro, Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, Nauru, Nepal, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, Norway, Oman, Pakistan, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Republic of Korea, Republic of Moldova, Romania, Russian Federation, Rwanda, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, San Marino, Sao Tome and Principe, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Serbia, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Solomon Islands, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Suriname, Swaziland, Sweden, Switzerland, Syria, Tajikistan, The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Timor-Leste, Togo, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Tuvalu, Uganda, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United Republic of Tanzania, Uruguay, Uzbekistan, Vanuatu, Venezuela, Viet Nam, Yemen, Zambia, Zimbabwe.


Against:  None.


Abstain:  Israel, Marshall Islands, Palau, United States.


Absent:  Central African Republic, Chad, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Fiji, Gabon, Gambia, Kiribati, Micronesia (Federated States of), Saint Kitts and Nevis, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Thailand, Tonga.


ANNEX XIII


Vote on U se of Armaments and Ammunitions Containing Depleted Uranium


The draft resolution on effects of the use of armaments and ammunitions containing depleted uranium (document A/63/389) was adopted by a recorded vote of 141 in favour to 4 against, with 34 abstentions, as follows:


In favour:  Afghanistan, Algeria, Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bahamas, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belarus, Belize, Benin, Bhutan, Bolivia, Botswana, Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cambodia, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Chile, Colombia, Comoros, Congo, Costa Rica, Côte d’Ivoire, Cuba, Cyprus, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Djibouti, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Finland, Germany, Ghana, Grenada, Guatemala, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Ireland, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Jordan, Kenya, Kuwait, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Lebanon, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Liechtenstein, Madagascar, Malawi, Malaysia, Maldives, Mali, Malta, Marshall Islands, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mexico, Mongolia, Montenegro, Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, Nauru, Nepal, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, Norway, Oman, Pakistan, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Qatar, Rwanda, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, San Marino, Sao Tome and Principe, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Serbia, Singapore, Solomon Islands, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Suriname, Swaziland, Switzerland, Syria, Tajikistan, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Togo, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, Turkmenistan, Tuvalu, Uganda, United Arab Emirates, United Republic of Tanzania, Uruguay, Uzbekistan, Vanuatu, Venezuela, Viet Nam, Yemen, Zambia, Zimbabwe.


Against:  France, Israel, United Kingdom, United States.


Abstain:  Albania, Andorra, Australia, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Georgia, Greece, Hungary, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Micronesia (Federated States of), Palau, Poland, Portugal, Republic of Korea, Republic of Moldova, Romania, Russian Federation, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Turkey, Ukraine.


Absent:  Central African Republic, Chad, China, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Fiji, Gabon, Gambia, Kiribati, Monaco, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia.


ANNEX XIV


Vote on Missiles


The draft resolution on missiles (document A/63/389) was adopted by a recorded vote of 120 in favour to 10 against, with 50 abstentions, as follows:


In favour:  Afghanistan, Algeria, Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Armenia, Bahamas, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belarus, Belize, Benin, Bhutan, Bolivia, Botswana, Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cambodia, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Chile, China, Colombia, Comoros, Congo, Costa Rica, Côte d’Ivoire, Cuba, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Djibouti, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Ghana, Grenada, Guatemala, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Jamaica, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Lebanon, Lesotho, Libya, Madagascar, Malawi, Malaysia, Maldives, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mexico, Mongolia, Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, Nepal, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, Oman, Pakistan, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Qatar, Russian Federation, Rwanda, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Sao Tome and Principe, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Solomon Islands, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Suriname, Swaziland, Syria, Tajikistan, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Togo, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, Turkmenistan, Tuvalu, Uganda, United Arab Emirates, United Republic of Tanzania, Uruguay, Uzbekistan, Vanuatu, Venezuela, Viet Nam, Yemen, Zambia, Zimbabwe.


Against:  Denmark, France, Israel, Lithuania, Marshall Islands, Micronesia (Federated States of), Netherlands, Palau, United Kingdom, United States.


Abstain:  Albania, Andorra, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Finland, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Liberia, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, Montenegro, New Zealand, Norway, Papua New Guinea, Poland, Portugal, Republic of Korea, Republic of Moldova, Romania, Samoa, San Marino, Serbia, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Tonga, Turkey, Ukraine.


Absent:  Central African Republic, Chad, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Fiji, Gabon, Gambia, Kiribati, Nauru, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia.


ANNEX XV


Vote on Operative Paragraph 4 of Nuclear-Weapon-Free World


Operative paragraph 4 of the draft resolution entitled “Towards a nuclear-weapon-free world:  accelerating the implementation of nuclear disarmament commitments” (document A/63/389) was adopted by a recorded vote of 165 in favour to 4 against, with 6 abstentions, as follows:


In favour:  Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria, Andorra, Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bahamas, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belarus, Belgium, Belize, Benin, Bolivia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Botswana, Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cambodia, Cameroon, Canada, Cape Verde, Chile, China, Colombia, Comoros, Congo, Costa Rica, Côte d’Ivoire, Croatia, Cuba, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Djibouti, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Estonia, Ethiopia, Finland, Georgia, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Grenada, Guatemala, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Hungary, Iceland, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Ireland, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Latvia, Lebanon, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Madagascar, Malawi, Malaysia, Maldives, Mali, Malta, Marshall Islands, Mauritania, Mexico, Mongolia, Montenegro, Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, Nauru, Nepal, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, Norway, Oman, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Republic of Korea, Republic of Moldova, Romania, Rwanda, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, San Marino, Sao Tome and Principe, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Serbia, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Solomon Islands, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Suriname, Swaziland, Sweden, Switzerland, Syria, Tajikistan, Thailand, The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Timor-Leste, Togo, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, Turkey, Tuvalu, Uganda, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Republic of Tanzania, Uruguay, Uzbekistan, Vanuatu, Venezuela, Viet Nam, Yemen, Zambia, Zimbabwe.


Against:  India, Israel, Pakistan, United States.


Abstain:  Bhutan, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, France, Palau, Russian Federation, United Kingdom.


Absent:  Central African Republic, Chad, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Fiji, Gabon, Gambia, Kiribati, Mauritius, Micronesia (Federated States of), Monaco, Papua New Guinea, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Tonga, Turkmenistan.


ANNEX XVI


Vote on Nuclear Weapon-Free World, as a Whole


The draft resolution as a whole entitled “Towards a nuclear-weapon-free world:  accelerating the implementation of nuclear disarmament commitments” (document A/63/389) was adopted by a recorded vote of 166 in favour to 5 against, with 7 abstentions, as follows:


In favour:  Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria, Andorra, Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bahamas, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belarus, Belgium, Belize, Benin, Bolivia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Botswana, Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cambodia, Cameroon, Canada, Cape Verde, Chile, China, Colombia, Comoros, Congo, Costa Rica, Côte d’Ivoire, Croatia, Cuba, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Djibouti, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Estonia, Ethiopia, Finland, Georgia, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Grenada, Guatemala, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Hungary, Iceland, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Ireland, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Lebanon, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Madagascar, Malawi, Malaysia, Maldives, Mali, Malta, Marshall Islands, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mexico, Mongolia, Montenegro, Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, Nauru, Nepal, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, Norway, Oman, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Republic of Korea, Republic of Moldova, Romania, Rwanda, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, San Marino, Sao Tome and Principe, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Serbia, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Solomon Islands, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Suriname, Swaziland, Sweden, Switzerland, Syria, Tajikistan, Thailand, The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Timor-Leste, Togo, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, Turkey, Tuvalu, Uganda, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Republic of Tanzania, Uruguay, Uzbekistan, Vanuatu, Venezuela, Viet Nam, Yemen, Zambia, Zimbabwe.


Against:  Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, France, India, Israel, United States.


Abstain:  Bhutan, Latvia, Micronesia (Federated States of), Pakistan, Palau, Russian Federation, United Kingdom.


Absent:  Central African Republic, Chad, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Fiji, Gabon, Gambia, Kiribati, Monaco, Papua New Guinea, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Turkmenistan.


ANNEX XVII


Vote on Compliance with Non-Proliferation, Arms Limitation, Disarmament

Agreements


The draft resolution on compliance with non-proliferation, arms limitation and disarmament agreements and commitments (document A/63/389) was adopted by a recorded vote of 158 in favour to none against, with 18 abstentions, as follows:


In favour:  Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria, Andorra, Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bahamas, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belgium, Belize, Benin, Bhutan, Bolivia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Botswana, Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cambodia, Cameroon, Canada, Cape Verde, Chile, Colombia, Comoros, Congo, Costa Rica, Côte d’Ivoire, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Djibouti, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Estonia, Ethiopia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Grenada, Guatemala, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Hungary, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Iraq, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lebanon, Lesotho, Liberia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Madagascar, Malawi, Malaysia, Maldives, Mali, Malta, Marshall Islands, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mexico, Micronesia (Federated States of), Monaco, Mongolia, Montenegro, Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, Nauru, Nepal, Netherlands, New Zealand, Niger, Nigeria, Norway, Palau, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Republic of Korea, Republic of Moldova, Romania, Rwanda, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, San Marino, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Serbia, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Solomon Islands, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, Suriname, Swaziland, Sweden, Switzerland, Tajikistan, Thailand, The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Timor-Leste, Togo, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Tuvalu, Uganda, Ukraine, United Kingdom, United Republic of Tanzania, United States, Uruguay, Vanuatu, Viet Nam, Zambia.


Against:  None.


Abstain:  Bahrain, Belarus, Cuba, Egypt, Iran, Kuwait, Libya, Nicaragua, Pakistan, Qatar, Russian Federation, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Syria, United Arab Emirates, Venezuela, Yemen, Zimbabwe.


Absent:  Central African Republic, Chad, China, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Fiji, Gabon, Gambia, Kiribati, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Oman, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Uzbekistan.


ANNEX XVIII


Vote on Preambular Paragraph 10, Peace through Practical Disarmament


Preambular paragraph 10 of the draft resolution on consolidation of peace through practical disarmament measures (document A/63/389) was adopted by a recorded vote of 176 in favour to none against, with 1 abstention, as follows:


In favour:  Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria, Andorra, Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bahamas, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belarus, Belgium, Belize, Benin, Bhutan, Bolivia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Botswana, Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cambodia, Cameroon, Canada, Cape Verde, Chile, China, Colombia, Comoros, Congo, Costa Rica, Côte d’Ivoire, Croatia, Cuba, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Djibouti, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Estonia, Ethiopia, Fiji, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Grenada, Guatemala, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Hungary, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Iraq, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Latvia, Lebanon, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Madagascar, Malawi, Malaysia, Maldives, Mali, Malta, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mexico, Micronesia (Federated States of), Monaco, Mongolia, Montenegro, Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, Nauru, Nepal, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, Norway, Oman, Pakistan, Palau, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Republic of Korea, Republic of Moldova, Romania, Russian Federation, Rwanda, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, San Marino, Sao Tome and Principe, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Serbia, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Solomon Islands, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Suriname, Swaziland, Sweden, Switzerland, Syria, Tajikistan, Thailand, The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Timor-Leste, Togo, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, Turkey, Tuvalu, Uganda, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United Republic of Tanzania, United States, Uruguay, Uzbekistan, Vanuatu, Venezuela, Viet Nam, Yemen, Zambia, Zimbabwe.


Against:  None.


Abstain:  Iran.


Absent:  Central African Republic, Chad, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Gabon, Gambia, Guinea, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Tonga, Turkmenistan.


ANNEX XIX


Vote on Peace through Practical Disarmament, as a Whole


The draft resolution on peace through practical disarmament, as a whole (document A/63/389), was adopted by a recorded vote of 182 in favour to none against, with no abstentions, as follows:


In favour:  Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria, Andorra, Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bahamas, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belarus, Belgium, Belize, Benin, Bhutan, Bolivia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Botswana, Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cambodia, Cameroon, Canada, Cape Verde, Chile, China, Colombia, Comoros, Congo, Costa Rica, Côte d’Ivoire, Croatia, Cuba, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Denmark, Djibouti, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Estonia, Ethiopia, Fiji, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Grenada, Guatemala, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Hungary, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Latvia, Lebanon, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Madagascar, Malawi, Malaysia, Maldives, Mali, Malta, Marshall Islands, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mexico, Micronesia (Federated States of), Monaco, Mongolia, Montenegro, Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, Nauru, Nepal, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, Norway, Oman, Pakistan, Palau, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Republic of Korea, Republic of Moldova, Romania, Russian Federation, Rwanda, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, San Marino, Sao Tome and Principe, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Serbia, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Solomon Islands, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Suriname, Swaziland, Sweden, Switzerland, Syria, Tajikistan, Thailand, The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Timor-Leste, Togo, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Tuvalu, Uganda, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United Republic of Tanzania, United States, Uruguay, Uzbekistan, Vanuatu, Venezuela, Viet Nam, Yemen, Zambia, Zimbabwe.


Against:  None.


Abstain:  None.


Absent:  Central African Republic, Chad, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Gabon, Gambia, Kiribati, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia.


ANNEX XX


Vote on N uclear-Weapon-Free Zone in Central Asia


The draft resolution on establishment of a nuclear-weapon-free zone in Central Asia(document A/63/389) was adopted by a recorded vote of 141 in favour to 3 against, with 36 abstentions, as follows:


In favour:  Afghanistan, Algeria, Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bahamas, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belarus, Belize, Benin, Bhutan, Bolivia, Botswana, Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cambodia, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Chile, China, Colombia, Comoros, Congo, Costa Rica, Côte d’Ivoire, Cuba, Cyprus, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Djibouti, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Fiji, Georgia, Ghana, Grenada, Guatemala, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Ireland, Jamaica, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Lebanon, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Liechtenstein, Madagascar, Malawi, Malaysia, Maldives, Mali, Malta, Marshall Islands, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mexico, Mongolia, Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, Nauru, Nepal, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, Oman, Pakistan, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Qatar, Republic of Korea, Republic of Moldova, Russian Federation, Rwanda, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, Sao Tome and Principe, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Singapore, Solomon Islands, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Suriname, Swaziland, Sweden, Switzerland, Syria, Tajikistan, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Togo, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, Turkmenistan, Tuvalu, Uganda, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Republic of Tanzania, Uruguay, Uzbekistan, Vanuatu, Venezuela, Viet Nam, Yemen, Zambia, Zimbabwe.


Against:  France, United Kingdom, United States.


Abstain:  Albania, Andorra, Australia, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Israel, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Monaco, Montenegro, Netherlands, Norway, Palau, Poland, Portugal, Romania, San Marino, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Turkey.


Absent:  Central African Republic, Chad, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Gabon, Gambia, Kiribati, Micronesia (Federated States of), Saint Kitts and Nevis, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Tonga.


ANNEX XXI


Vote on Hague Code of Conduct


The draft resolution on The Hague Code of Conduct against Ballistic Missile Proliferation (document A/63/389) was adopted by a recorded vote of 159 in favour to 1 against, with 18 abstentions, as follows:


In favour:  Afghanistan, Albania, Andorra, Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bahamas, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belarus, Belgium, Belize, Benin, Bhutan, Bolivia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Botswana, Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cambodia, Cameroon, Canada, Cape Verde, Chile, China, Colombia, Comoros, Congo, Costa Rica, Côte d’Ivoire, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Djibouti, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Estonia, Ethiopia, Fiji, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Grenada, Guatemala, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Hungary, Iceland, Iraq, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Madagascar, Malawi, Maldives, Mali, Malta, Marshall Islands, Mauritania, Micronesia (Federated States of), Monaco, Mongolia, Montenegro, Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, Nauru, Nepal, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, Norway, Palau, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Republic of Korea, Republic of Moldova, Romania, Russian Federation, Rwanda, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, San Marino, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Serbia, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Solomon Islands, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Suriname, Swaziland, Sweden, Switzerland, Tajikistan, Thailand, The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Timor-Leste, Togo, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Tuvalu, Uganda, Ukraine, United Kingdom, United Republic of Tanzania, United States, Uruguay, Uzbekistan, Vanuatu, Zambia.


Against:  Iran.


Abstain:  Algeria, Bahrain, Chad, Cuba, Egypt, India, Indonesia, Lebanon, Malaysia, Mauritius, Mexico, Oman, Pakistan, Qatar, Syria, United Arab Emirates, Venezuela, Yemen.


Absent:  Central African Republic, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Gabon, Gambia, Kiribati, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saudi Arabia, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Viet Nam, Zimbabwe.


ANNEX XXII


Vote on Operative Paragraph 6, N uclear-Weapon-Free Southern Hemisphere


Operative paragraph 6 of the draft resolution on nuclear-weapon-free southern hemisphere and adjacent areas (document A/63/389) was adopted by a recorded vote of 168 in favour to 2 against, with 9 abstentions, as follows:


In favour:  Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria, Andorra, Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bahamas, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belarus, Belgium, Belize, Benin, Bolivia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Botswana, Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cambodia, Cameroon, Canada, Cape Verde, Chad, Chile, China, Colombia, Congo, Costa Rica, Côte d’Ivoire, Croatia, Cuba, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Denmark, Djibouti, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Estonia, Ethiopia, Fiji, Finland, Georgia, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Grenada, Guatemala, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Hungary, Iceland, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Ireland, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Latvia, Lebanon, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Madagascar, Malawi, Malaysia, Maldives, Mali, Malta, Mauritania, Mexico, Mongolia, Montenegro, Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, Nauru, Nepal, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, Norway, Oman, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Republic of Korea, Republic of Moldova, Romania, Rwanda, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, San Marino, Sao Tome and Principe, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Serbia, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Solomon Islands, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Suriname, Swaziland, Sweden, Switzerland, Syria, Tajikistan, Thailand, The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Timor-Leste, Togo, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Tuvalu, Uganda, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Republic of Tanzania, Uruguay, Uzbekistan, Vanuatu, Venezuela, Viet Nam, Yemen, Zambia, Zimbabwe.


Against:  India, Pakistan.


Abstain:  Bahrain, Bhutan, France, Israel, Marshall Islands, Palau, Russian Federation, United Kingdom, United States.


Absent:  Central African Republic, Comoros, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Gabon, Gambia, Kiribati, Mauritius, Micronesia (Federated States of), Monaco, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia.


ANNEX XXIII


Vote on N uclear-Weapon-free Southern Hemisphere, as a Whole


The draft resolution as a whole on nuclear-weapon-free southern hemisphere and adjacent areas (document A/63/389) was adopted by a recorded vote of 171 in favour to 3 against, with 7 abstentions, as follows:


In favour:  Afghanistan, Albania, Andorra, Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bahamas, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belarus, Belgium, Belize, Benin, Bhutan, Bolivia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Botswana, Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cambodia, Cameroon, Canada, Cape Verde, Chad, Chile, China, Colombia, Comoros, Congo, Costa Rica, Côte d’Ivoire, Croatia, Cuba, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Denmark, Djibouti, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Estonia, Ethiopia, Fiji, Finland, Georgia, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Grenada, Guatemala, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Hungary, Iceland, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Ireland, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Latvia, Lebanon, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Madagascar, Malawi, Malaysia, Maldives, Mali, Malta, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mexico, Mongolia, Montenegro, Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, Nauru, Nepal, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, Norway, Oman, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Republic of Korea, Republic of Moldova, Romania, Rwanda, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, San Marino, Sao Tome and Principe, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Serbia, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Solomon Islands, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Suriname, Swaziland, Sweden, Switzerland, Syria, Tajikistan, Thailand, The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Timor-Leste, Togo, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Tuvalu, Uganda, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Republic of Tanzania, Uruguay, Uzbekistan, Vanuatu, Venezuela, Viet Nam, Yemen, Zambia, Zimbabwe.


Against:  France, United Kingdom, United States.


Abstain:  India, Israel, Marshall Islands, Micronesia (Federated States of), Pakistan, Palau, Russian Federation.


Absent:  Algeria, Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Gabon, Gambia, Kiribati, Monaco, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia.


ANNEX XXIV


Vote on T ransparency and Confidence-Building in Outer Space


The draft resolution on transparency and confidence-building measures in outer space activities (document A/63/389) was adopted by a recorded vote of 180 in favour to 1 against, with 1 abstention, as follows:


In favour:  Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria, Andorra, Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bahamas, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belarus, Belgium, Belize, Benin, Bhutan, Bolivia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Botswana, Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cambodia, Cameroon, Canada, Cape Verde, Chad, Chile, China, Colombia, Comoros, Congo, Costa Rica, Côte d’Ivoire, Croatia, Cuba, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Denmark, Djibouti, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Estonia, Ethiopia, Fiji, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Grenada, Guatemala, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Hungary, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Ireland, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Latvia, Lebanon, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Madagascar, Malawi, Malaysia, Maldives, Mali, Malta, Marshall Islands, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mexico, Micronesia (Federated States of), Monaco, Mongolia, Montenegro, Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, Nepal, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, Norway, Oman, Pakistan, Palau, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Republic of Korea, Republic of Moldova, Romania, Russian Federation, Rwanda, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, San Marino, Sao Tome and Principe, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Serbia, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Solomon Islands, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Suriname, Swaziland, Sweden, Switzerland, Syria, Tajikistan, Thailand, The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Timor-Leste, Togo, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Tuvalu, Uganda, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United Republic of Tanzania, Uruguay, Uzbekistan, Vanuatu, Venezuela, Viet Nam, Yemen, Zambia, Zimbabwe,


Against:  United States.


Abstain:  Israel.


Absent:  Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Gabon, Gambia, Kiribati, Nauru, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia.


ANNEX XXV


Vote on T ransparency in Armaments, Operative Paragraph 2


Operative paragraph 2 of the draft resolution on transparency in armaments (document A/63/389) was adopted by a recorded vote of 157 in favour to none against, with 22 abstentions, as follows:


In favour:  Afghanistan, Albania, Andorra, Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bahamas, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belarus, Belgium, Belize, Benin, Bhutan, Bolivia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Botswana, Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cambodia, Cameroon, Canada, Cape Verde, Chad, Chile, China, Colombia, Congo, Costa Rica, Côte d’Ivoire, Croatia, Cuba, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Estonia, Ethiopia, Fiji, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Grenada, Guatemala, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Hungary, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Latvia, Lesotho, Liberia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Madagascar, Malawi, Malaysia, Maldives, Mali, Malta, Marshall Islands, Mauritius, Mexico, Micronesia (Federated States of), Monaco, Mongolia, Montenegro, Mozambique, Namibia, Nauru, Nepal, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, Norway, Pakistan, Palau, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Republic of Korea, Republic of Moldova, Romania, Russian Federation, Rwanda, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, San Marino, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Serbia, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Solomon Islands, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, Suriname, Swaziland, Sweden, Switzerland, Tajikistan, Thailand, The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Timor-Leste, Togo, Trinidad and Tobago, Turkey, Tuvalu, Uganda, Ukraine, United Kingdom, United Republic of Tanzania, United States, Uruguay, Uzbekistan, Vanuatu, Venezuela, Zambia, Zimbabwe.


Against:  None.


Abstain:  Algeria, Bahrain, Comoros, Djibouti, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Mauritania, Morocco, Myanmar, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates, Yemen.


Absent:  Central African Republic, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Gabon, Gambia, Kiribati, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Tonga, Turkmenistan, Viet Nam.


ANNEX XXVI


Vote on Transparency in Armaments, Operative Paragraph 3


Operative paragraph 3 of the draft resolution on transparency in armaments (document A/63/389) was adopted by a recorded vote of 158 in favour to none against, with 22 abstentions, as follows:


In favour:  Afghanistan, Albania, Andorra, Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bahamas, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belarus, Belgium, Belize, Benin, Bhutan, Bolivia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Botswana, Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cambodia, Cameroon, Canada, Cape Verde, Chad, Chile, China, Colombia, Congo, Costa Rica, Côte d’Ivoire, Croatia, Cuba, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Estonia, Ethiopia, Fiji, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Grenada, Guatemala, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Hungary, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Latvia, Lesotho, Liberia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Madagascar, Malawi, Malaysia, Maldives, Mali, Malta, Marshall Islands, Mauritius, Mexico, Micronesia (Federated States of), Monaco, Mongolia, Montenegro, Mozambique, Namibia, Nauru, Nepal, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, Norway, Pakistan, Palau, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Republic of Korea, Republic of Moldova, Romania, Russian Federation, Rwanda, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, San Marino, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Serbia, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Solomon Islands, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, Suriname, Swaziland, Sweden, Switzerland, Tajikistan, Thailand, The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Timor-Leste, Togo, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Turkey, Tuvalu, Uganda, Ukraine, United Kingdom, United Republic of Tanzania, United States, Uruguay, Uzbekistan, Vanuatu, Venezuela, Zambia, Zimbabwe.


Against:  None.


Abstain:  Algeria, Bahrain, Comoros, Djibouti, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Mauritania, Morocco, Myanmar, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates, Yemen.


Absent:  Central African Republic, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Gabon, Gambia, Kiribati, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Turkmenistan, Viet Nam.


ANNEX XXVII


Vote on T ransparency in Armaments, Operative Paragraph 4


Operative paragraph 4 of the draft resolution on transparency in armaments (document A/63/389) was adopted by a recorded vote of 157 in favour to none against, with 22 abstentions, as follows:


In favour:  Afghanistan, Albania, Andorra, Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bahamas, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belarus, Belgium, Belize, Benin, Bhutan, Bolivia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Botswana, Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cambodia, Cameroon, Canada, Chad, Chile, China, Colombia, Congo, Costa Rica, Côte d’Ivoire, Croatia, Cuba, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Denmark, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Estonia, Ethiopia, Fiji, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Grenada, Guatemala, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Hungary, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Latvia, Lesotho, Liberia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Madagascar, Malawi, Malaysia, Maldives, Mali, Malta, Marshall Islands, Mauritius, Mexico, Micronesia (Federated States of), Monaco, Mongolia, Montenegro, Mozambique, Namibia, Nauru, Nepal, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, Norway, Pakistan, Palau, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Republic of Korea, Republic of Moldova, Romania, Russian Federation, Rwanda, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, San Marino, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Serbia, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Solomon Islands, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, Suriname, Swaziland, Sweden, Switzerland, Tajikistan, Thailand, The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Timor-Leste, Togo, Trinidad and Tobago, Turkey, Tuvalu, Uganda, Ukraine, United Kingdom, United Republic of Tanzania, United States, Uruguay, Uzbekistan, Vanuatu, Venezuela, Zambia, Zimbabwe.


Against:  None.


Abstain:  Algeria, Bahrain, Comoros, Djibouti, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Mauritania, Morocco, Myanmar, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates, Yemen.


Absent:  Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Gabon, Gambia, Kiribati, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Tonga, Turkmenistan, Viet Nam.


ANNEX XXVIII


Vote on Transparency in Armaments, Operative Paragraph 5 b


Operative paragraph 5 b of the draft resolution on transparency in armaments (document A/63/389) was adopted by a recorded vote of 158 in favour to none against, with 22 abstentions, as follows:


In favour:  Afghanistan, Albania, Andorra, Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bahamas, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belarus, Belgium, Belize, Benin, Bhutan, Bolivia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Botswana, Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cambodia, Cameroon, Canada, Cape Verde, Chad, Chile, China, Colombia, Congo, Costa Rica, Côte d’Ivoire, Croatia, Cuba, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Denmark, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Estonia, Ethiopia, Fiji, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Grenada, Guatemala, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Hungary, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Latvia, Lesotho, Liberia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Madagascar, Malawi, Malaysia, Maldives, Mali, Malta, Marshall Islands, Mauritius, Mexico, Micronesia (Federated States of), Monaco, Mongolia, Montenegro, Mozambique, Namibia, Nauru, Nepal, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, Norway, Pakistan, Palau, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Republic of Korea, Republic of Moldova, Romania, Russian Federation, Rwanda, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, San Marino, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Serbia, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Solomon Islands, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, Suriname, Swaziland, Sweden, Switzerland, Tajikistan, Thailand, The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Timor-Leste, Togo, Trinidad and Tobago, Turkey, Tuvalu, Uganda, Ukraine, United Kingdom, United Republic of Tanzania, United States, Uruguay, Uzbekistan, Vanuatu, Venezuela, Zambia, Zimbabwe.


Against:  None.


Abstain:  Algeria, Bahrain, Comoros, Djibouti, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Mauritania, Morocco, Myanmar, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates, Yemen.


Absent:  Central African Republic, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Gabon, Gambia, Kiribati, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Tonga, Turkmenistan, Viet Nam.


ANNEX XXIX


Vote on T ransparency in Armaments, Operative Paragraph 5 as a Whole


Operative paragraph 5 as a whole of the draft resolution on transparency in armaments (document A/63/389) was adopted by a recorded vote of 158 in favour to none against, with 22 abstentions, as follows:


In favour:  Afghanistan, Albania, Andorra, Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bahamas, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belarus, Belgium, Belize, Benin, Bhutan, Bolivia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Botswana, Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cambodia, Cameroon, Canada, Cape Verde, Chad, Chile, China, Colombia, Congo, Costa Rica, Côte d’Ivoire, Croatia, Cuba, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Denmark, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Estonia, Ethiopia, Fiji, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Grenada, Guatemala, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Hungary, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Latvia, Lesotho, Liberia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Madagascar, Malawi, Malaysia, Maldives, Mali, Malta, Marshall Islands, Mauritius, Mexico, Micronesia (Federated States of), Monaco, Mongolia, Montenegro, Mozambique, Namibia, Nauru, Nepal, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, Norway, Pakistan, Palau, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Republic of Korea, Republic of Moldova, Romania, Russian Federation, Rwanda, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, San Marino, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Serbia, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Solomon Islands, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, Suriname, Swaziland, Sweden, Switzerland, Tajikistan, Thailand, The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Timor-Leste, Togo, Trinidad and Tobago, Turkey, Tuvalu, Uganda, Ukraine, United Kingdom, United Republic of Tanzania, United States, Uruguay, Uzbekistan, Vanuatu, Venezuela, Zambia, Zimbabwe.


Against:  None.


Abstain:  Algeria, Bahrain, Comoros, Djibouti, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Mauritania, Morocco, Myanmar, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates, Yemen.


Absent:  Central African Republic, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Gabon, Gambia, Kiribati, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Tonga, Turkmenistan, Viet Nam.


ANNEX XXX


Vote on Transparency in Armaments, Operative Paragraph 7


Operative paragraph 7 of the draft resolution on transparency in armaments (document A/63/389) was adopted by a recorded vote of 158 in favour to none against, with 22 abstentions, as follows:


In favour:  Afghanistan, Albania, Andorra, Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bahamas, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belarus, Belgium, Belize, Benin, Bhutan, Bolivia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Botswana, Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cambodia, Cameroon, Canada, Cape Verde, Chad, Chile, China, Colombia, Congo, Costa Rica, Côte d’Ivoire, Croatia, Cuba, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Denmark, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Estonia, Ethiopia, Fiji, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Grenada, Guatemala, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Hungary, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Latvia, Lesotho, Liberia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Madagascar, Malawi, Malaysia, Maldives, Mali, Malta, Marshall Islands, Mauritius, Mexico, Micronesia (Federated States of), Monaco, Mongolia, Montenegro, Mozambique, Namibia, Nauru, Nepal, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, Norway, Pakistan, Palau, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Republic of Korea, Republic of Moldova, Romania, Russian Federation, Rwanda, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, San Marino, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Serbia, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Solomon Islands, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, Suriname, Swaziland, Sweden, Switzerland, Tajikistan, Thailand, The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Timor-Leste, Togo, Trinidad and Tobago, Turkey, Tuvalu, Uganda, Ukraine, United Kingdom, United Republic of Tanzania, United States, Uruguay, Uzbekistan, Vanuatu, Venezuela, Zambia, Zimbabwe.


Against:  None.


Abstain:  Algeria, Bahrain, Comoros, Djibouti, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Mauritania, Morocco, Myanmar, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates, Yemen.


Absent:  Central African Republic, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Gabon, Gambia, Kiribati, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Tonga, Turkmenistan, Viet Nam.


ANNEX XXXI


Vote on T ransparency in Armaments, as a Whole


The draft resolution as a whole on transparency in armaments (document A/63/389) was adopted by a recorded vote of 160 in favour to none against, with 22 abstentions, as follows:


In favour:  Afghanistan, Albania, Andorra, Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bahamas, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belarus, Belgium, Belize, Benin, Bhutan, Bolivia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Botswana, Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cambodia, Cameroon, Canada, Cape Verde, Chad, Chile, China, Colombia, Congo, Costa Rica, Côte d’Ivoire, Croatia, Cuba, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Denmark, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Estonia, Ethiopia, Fiji, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Grenada, Guatemala, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Hungary, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Latvia, Lesotho, Liberia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Madagascar, Malawi, Malaysia, Maldives, Mali, Malta, Marshall Islands, Mauritius, Mexico, Micronesia (Federated States of), Monaco, Mongolia, Montenegro, Mozambique, Namibia, Nauru, Nepal, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, Norway, Pakistan, Palau, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Republic of Korea, Republic of Moldova, Romania, Russian Federation, Rwanda, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, San Marino, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Serbia, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Solomon Islands, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, Suriname, Swaziland, Sweden, Switzerland, Tajikistan, Thailand, The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Timor-Leste, Togo, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Tuvalu, Uganda, Ukraine, United Kingdom, United Republic of Tanzania, United States, Uruguay, Uzbekistan, Vanuatu, Venezuela, Zambia, Zimbabwe.


Against:  None.


Abstain:  Algeria, Bahrain, Comoros, Djibouti, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Mauritania, Morocco, Myanmar, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates, Yemen.


Absent:  Central African Republic, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Gabon, Gambia, Kiribati, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Viet Nam.


ANNEX XXXII


Vote on I llicit Small Arms, Light Weapons Trade, Operative Paragraph 4


Operative paragraph 4 of the draft resolution on illicit trade in small arms and light weapons in all its aspects (document A/63/389) was adopted by a recorded vote of 177 in favour to none against, with 2 abstentions, as follows:


In favour:  Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria, Andorra, Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bahamas, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belarus, Belgium, Belize, Benin, Bhutan, Bolivia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Botswana, Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cambodia, Cameroon, Canada, Cape Verde, Chad, Chile, China, Colombia, Comoros, Congo, Costa Rica, Côte d’Ivoire, Croatia, Cuba, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Denmark, Djibouti, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Estonia, Ethiopia, Fiji, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Grenada, Guatemala, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Hungary, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Iraq, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Jordan, Kenya, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Latvia, Lebanon, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Madagascar, Malawi, Malaysia, Maldives, Mali, Malta, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mexico, Monaco, Mongolia, Montenegro, Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, Nauru, Nepal, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, Norway, Oman, Pakistan, Palau, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Republic of Korea, Republic of Moldova, Romania, Russian Federation, Rwanda, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, San Marino, Sao Tome and Principe, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Serbia, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Solomon Islands, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Suriname, Swaziland, Sweden, Switzerland, Syria, Tajikistan, Thailand, The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Timor-Leste, Togo, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Tuvalu, Uganda, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United Republic of Tanzania, Uruguay, Uzbekistan, Vanuatu, Venezuela, Viet Nam, Yemen, Zambia, Zimbabwe.


Against:  None.


Abstain:  Iran, United States.


Absent:  Central African Republic, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Gabon, Gambia, Kazakhstan, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Micronesia (Federated States of), Saint Kitts and Nevis, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Tonga.


ANNEX XXXIII


Vote on I llicit Small Arms, Light Weapons Trade, Operative Paragraph 13


Operative paragraph 13 of the draft resolution on illicit trade in small arms and light weapons in all its aspects (document A/63/389) was adopted by a recorded vote of 176 in favour to 1 against, with 1 abstention, as follows:


In favour:  Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria, Andorra, Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bahamas, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belarus, Belgium, Belize, Benin, Bhutan, Bolivia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Botswana, Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cambodia, Cameroon, Canada, Cape Verde, Chad, Chile, China, Colombia, Comoros, Congo, Costa Rica, Côte d’Ivoire, Croatia, Cuba, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Denmark, Djibouti, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Eritrea, Estonia, Ethiopia, Fiji, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Grenada, Guatemala, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Hungary, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Iraq, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Latvia, Lebanon, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Madagascar, Malawi, Malaysia, Maldives, Mali, Malta, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mexico, Monaco, Mongolia, Montenegro, Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, Nauru, Nepal, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, Norway, Oman, Pakistan, Palau, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Republic of Korea, Republic of Moldova, Romania, Russian Federation, Rwanda, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, San Marino, Sao Tome and Principe, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Serbia, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Solomon Islands, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, Suriname, Swaziland, Sweden, Switzerland, Syria, Tajikistan, Thailand, The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Timor-Leste, Togo, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Tuvalu, Uganda, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United Republic of Tanzania, Uruguay, Uzbekistan, Vanuatu, Venezuela, Viet Nam, Yemen, Zambia, Zimbabwe.


Against:  United States.


Abstain:  Iran.


Absent:  Central African Republic, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Gambia, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Micronesia (Federated States of), Saint Kitts and Nevis, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Sudan, Tonga.


ANNEX XXXIV


Vote on I llicit Small Arms, Light Weapons Trade, as a Whole


The draft resolution as a whole on the illicit trade in small arms and light weapons in all its aspects (document A/63/389) was adopted by a recorded vote of 181 in favour to 1 against, with no abstentions, as follows:


In favour:  Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria, Andorra, Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bahamas, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belarus, Belgium, Belize, Benin, Bhutan, Bolivia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Botswana, Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cambodia, Cameroon, Canada, Cape Verde, Chad, Chile, China, Colombia, Comoros, Congo, Costa Rica, Côte d’Ivoire, Croatia, Cuba, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Denmark, Djibouti, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Eritrea, Estonia, Ethiopia, Fiji, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Grenada, Guatemala, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Hungary, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Latvia, Lebanon, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Madagascar, Malawi, Malaysia, Maldives, Mali, Malta, Marshall Islands, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mexico, Micronesia (Federated States of), Monaco, Mongolia, Montenegro, Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, Nauru, Nepal, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, Norway, Oman, Pakistan, Palau, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Republic of Korea, Republic of Moldova, Romania, Russian Federation, Rwanda, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, San Marino, Sao Tome and Principe, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Serbia, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Solomon Islands, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Suriname, Swaziland, Sweden, Switzerland, Syria, Tajikistan, Thailand, The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Timor-Leste, Togo, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Tuvalu, Uganda, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United Republic of Tanzania, Uruguay, Uzbekistan, Vanuatu, Venezuela, Viet Nam, Yemen, Zambia, Zimbabwe.


Against:  United States.


Abstain:  None.


Absent:  Central African Republic, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Gambia, Kiribati, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia.


ANNEX XXXV


Vote on R enewed Determination towards Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons


The draft resolution on renewed determination towards the total elimination of nuclear weapons (document A/63/389) was adopted by a recorded vote of 173 in favour to 4 against, with 6 abstentions, as follows:


In favour:  Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria, Andorra, Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bahamas, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belarus, Belgium, Belize, Benin, Bolivia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Botswana, Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cambodia, Cameroon, Canada, Cape Verde, Chad, Chile, Colombia, Comoros, Congo, Costa Rica, Côte d’Ivoire, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Denmark, Djibouti, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Eritrea, Estonia, Ethiopia, Fiji, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Grenada, Guatemala, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Hungary, Iceland, Indonesia, Iraq, Ireland, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Latvia, Lebanon, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Madagascar, Malawi, Malaysia, Maldives, Mali, Malta, Marshall Islands, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mexico, Micronesia (Federated States of), Monaco, Mongolia, Montenegro, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Nauru, Nepal, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, Norway, Oman, Palau, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Republic of Korea, Republic of Moldova, Romania, Russian Federation, Rwanda, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, San Marino, Sao Tome and Principe, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Serbia, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Solomon Islands, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Suriname, Swaziland, Sweden, Switzerland, Syria, Tajikistan, Thailand, The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Timor-Leste, Togo, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Tuvalu, Uganda, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United Republic of Tanzania, Uruguay, Uzbekistan, Vanuatu, Venezuela, Viet Nam, Yemen, Zambia, Zimbabwe.


Against:  Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, India, Israel, United States.


Abstain:  Bhutan, China, Cuba, Iran, Myanmar, Pakistan.


Absent:  Central African Republic, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Gambia, Kiribati, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia.


ANNEX XXXVI


Vote on United Nations Conference to Eliminate Nuclear Dangers


The draft decision on the United Nations conference to identify appropriate ways of eliminating nuclear dangers in the context of nuclear disarmament (document A/63/389) was adopted by a recorded vote of 130 in favour to 3 against, with 46 abstentions, as follows:


In favour:  Afghanistan, Algeria, Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Bahamas, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belarus, Belize, Benin, Bhutan, Bolivia, Botswana, Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cambodia, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Chad, Chile, China, Colombia, Comoros, Congo, Costa Rica, Côte d’Ivoire, Cuba, Cyprus, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Djibouti, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Ethiopia, Fiji, Ghana, Grenada, Guatemala, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Ireland, Jamaica, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Lebanon, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Madagascar, Malawi, Malaysia, Maldives, Mali, Malta, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mexico, Mongolia, Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, Nauru, Nepal, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, Oman, Pakistan, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Qatar, Russian Federation, Rwanda, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, Sao Tome and Principe, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Singapore, Solomon Islands, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Suriname, Swaziland, Sweden, Syria, Tajikistan, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Togo, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, Tuvalu, Uganda, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Republic of Tanzania, Uruguay, Uzbekistan, Vanuatu, Venezuela, Viet Nam, Yemen, Zambia, Zimbabwe.


Against:  France, United Kingdom, United States.


Abstain:  Albania, Andorra, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Marshall Islands, Monaco, Montenegro, Netherlands, Norway, Palau, Poland, Portugal, Republic of Korea, Republic of Moldova, Romania, San Marino, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Switzerland, The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Turkey.


Absent:  Central African Republic, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Gabon, Gambia, Kiribati, Micronesia (Federated States of), Saint Kitts and Nevis, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Tonga, Turkmenistan.


ANNEX XXXVII


Vote on Convention on Prohibition of Use of Nuclear Weapons


The draft resolution on the convention on the prohibition of the use of nuclear weapons (document A/63/390) was adopted by a recorded vote of 121 in favour to 50 against, with 10 abstentions, as follows:


In favour:  Afghanistan, Algeria, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Bahamas, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belarus, Belize, Bhutan, Bolivia, Botswana, Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cambodia, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Chad, Chile, China, Colombia, Congo, Costa Rica, Côte d’Ivoire, Cuba, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Djibouti, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Fiji, Ghana, Grenada, Guatemala, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Jamaica, Jordan, Kenya, Kuwait, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Lebanon, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Madagascar, Malawi, Malaysia, Maldives, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mexico, Mongolia, Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, Nauru, Nepal, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, Oman, Pakistan, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Qatar, Rwanda, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, Sao Tome and Principe, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Singapore, Solomon Islands, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Suriname, Swaziland, Syria, Tajikistan, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Togo, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, Turkmenistan, Tuvalu, Uganda, United Arab Emirates, United Republic of Tanzania, Uruguay, Vanuatu, Venezuela, Viet Nam, Yemen, Zambia, Zimbabwe.


Against:  Albania, Andorra, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Micronesia (Federated States of), Monaco, Montenegro, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Palau, Poland, Portugal, Republic of Moldova, Romania, San Marino, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom, United States.


Abstain:  Armenia, Azerbaijan, Japan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Marshall Islands, Republic of Korea, Russian Federation, Serbia, Uzbekistan.


Absent:  Angola, Benin, Central African Republic, Comoros, Gabon, Gambia, Kiribati, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia.


ANNEX XXXVIII


Vote on R isk of Nuclear Proliferation in Middle East, Preambular Paragraph 6


Preambular paragraph 6 of the draft resolution on the risk of nuclear proliferation in the Middle East (document A/63/392) was adopted by a recorded vote of 167 in favour to 5 against, with 4 abstentions, as follows:


In favour:  Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria, Andorra, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bahamas, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belarus, Belgium, Belize, Benin, Bolivia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Botswana, Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cambodia, Cameroon, Canada, Cape Verde, Chad, Chile, China, Colombia, Congo, Costa Rica, Côte d’Ivoire, Croatia, Cuba, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Denmark, Djibouti, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Estonia, Fiji, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Grenada, Guatemala, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Hungary, Iceland, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Ireland, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Latvia, Lebanon, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Madagascar, Malawi, Malaysia, Maldives, Mali, Malta, Mauritania, Mexico, Monaco, Mongolia, Montenegro, Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, Nepal, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Norway, Oman, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Republic of Korea, Republic of Moldova, Romania, Russian Federation, Rwanda, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, San Marino, Sao Tome and Principe, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Solomon Islands, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Suriname, Swaziland, Sweden, Switzerland, Syria, Tajikistan, Thailand, The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Timor-Leste, Togo, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Tuvalu, Uganda, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United Republic of Tanzania, Uruguay, Uzbekistan, Vanuatu, Venezuela, Viet Nam, Yemen, Zambia, Zimbabwe.


Against:  India, Israel, Pakistan, Palau, United States.


Abstain:  Bhutan, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Ethiopia, Mauritius.


Absent:  Angola, Central African Republic, Comoros, Gabon, Gambia, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Micronesia (Federated States of), Nauru, Niger, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Tonga.


ANNEX XXXIX


Vote on R isk of Nuclear Proliferation in Middle East, as a Whole


The draft resolution as a whole on the risk of nuclear proliferation in the Middle East(document A/63/392) was adopted by a recorded vote of 169 in favour to 5 against, with 6 abstentions, as follows:


In favour:  Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria, Andorra, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bahamas, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belarus, Belgium, Belize, Benin, Bhutan, Bolivia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Botswana, Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cambodia, Chad, Chile, China, Colombia, Congo, Costa Rica, Côte d’Ivoire, Croatia, Cuba, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Denmark, Djibouti, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Estonia, Fiji, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Grenada, Guatemala, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Hungary, Iceland, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Ireland, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Latvia, Lebanon, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Madagascar, Malawi, Malaysia, Maldives, Mali, Malta, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mexico, Monaco, Mongolia, Montenegro, Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, Nepal, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, Norway, Oman, Pakistan, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Republic of Korea, Republic of Moldova, Romania, Russian Federation, Rwanda, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, San Marino, Sao Tome and Principe, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Serbia, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Solomon Islands, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Suriname, Swaziland, Sweden, Switzerland, Syria, Tajikistan, Thailand, The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Timor-Leste, Togo, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Tuvalu, Uganda, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United Republic of Tanzania, Uruguay, Uzbekistan, Vanuatu, Venezuela, Viet Nam, Yemen, Zambia, Zimbabwe.


Against:  Israel, Marshall Islands, Micronesia (Federated States of), Palau, United States.


Abstain:  Australia, Cameroon, Canada, Ethiopia, India, Tonga.


Absent:  Angola, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Comoros, Gabon, Gambia, Kiribati, Nauru, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia.


ANNEX XL


Vote on Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Report


The draft resolution on the report on the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (document A/63/395) was adopted by a recorded vote of 175 in favour to 1 against, with 3 abstentions, as follows:


In favour:  Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria, Andorra, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bahamas, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belarus, Belgium, Belize, Benin, Bhutan, Bolivia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Botswana, Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cambodia, Cameroon, Canada, Cape Verde, Chad, Chile, China, Colombia, Congo, Costa Rica, Côte d’Ivoire, Croatia, Cuba, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Denmark, Djibouti, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Estonia, Ethiopia, Fiji, Finland, France, Gabon, Georgia, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Grenada, Guatemala, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, Honduras, Hungary, Iceland, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Latvia, Lebanon, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Madagascar, Malawi, Malaysia, Maldives, Mali, Malta, Marshall Islands, Mauritania, Mexico, Micronesia (Federated States of), Monaco, Mongolia, Montenegro, Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, Nauru, Nepal, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, Norway, Oman, Pakistan, Palau, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Republic of Korea, Republic of Moldova, Romania, Russian Federation, Rwanda, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, San Marino, Sao Tome and Principe, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Solomon Islands, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Suriname, Swaziland, Sweden, Switzerland, Tajikistan, Thailand, The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Timor-Leste, Togo, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Uganda, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United Republic of Tanzania, Uruguay, Uzbekistan, Vanuatu, Venezuela, Viet Nam, Yemen, Zambia, Zimbabwe.


Against:  United States.


Abstain:  India, Mauritius, Syria.


Absent:  Angola, Central African Republic, Comoros, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Gambia, Haiti, Kiribati, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Tuvalu.


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