United Nations

A/50/299


General Assembly

Distr. GENERAL  

21 July 1995

ORIGINAL:
ENGLISH


Fiftieth session
Item 67 of the provisional agenda*


ESTABLISHMENT OF A NUCLEAR-WEAPON-FREE ZONE
IN SOUTH ASIA

Report of the Secretary-General


CONTENTS

  Paragraphs  Page

I.  INTRODUCTION .........................................1 - 22

II.  REPLIES RECEIVED FROM GOVERNMENTS ................................2

  Maldives .........................................................2

















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     *    A/50/150.


95-21896 (E)   270795/...
*9521896*
 I.  INTRODUCTION

1.   On 15  December 1994,  the General  Assembly adopted resolution  49/72,
entitled "Establishment of  a nuclear-weapon-free  zone in South Asia",  the
relevant operative part of which reads as follows:

  "The General Assembly,

  "...

  "1.   Reaffirms  its  endorsement, in  principle,  of  the  concept  of  a
nuclear-weapon-free zone in South Asia;

  "...

  "4.  Requests the Secretary-General to communicate with  the States of the
region and other concerned States in order to  ascertain their views on  the
issue and to promote  consultations among them with  a view to exploring the
best possibilities  of furthering  the efforts  for the  establishment of  a
nuclear-weapon-free zone in South Asia;

  "5.  Also requests  the Secretary-General to report on the subject to  the
General Assembly at its fiftieth session".

2.  Pursuant to the request contained in paragraph 4 of the resolution,  the
Secretary-General, in  a note  verbale dated  17 March  1995, requested  the
States of the region  and other concerned  States to provide their views  on
the matter. The  reply received is reproduced in  section II of the  present
report.   Any other  replies  received will  be  issued  as addenda  to  the
report.


II.  REPLIES RECEIVED FROM GOVERNMENTS

MALDIVES

[Original:  English]

[22 May 1995]      

1.   The  position  of  the  Government  of  Maldives  with  regard  to  the
establishment of  a nuclear-weapon-free zone in  South Asia  is derived from
the  principle that  it supports  the establishment  of  nuclear-weapon-free
zones in any  region of the world, as  is enunciated in the policy statement
delivered  by the Foreign  Ministers of  Maldives yearly  during the general
debate of the regular session of the General Assembly.

2.    Maldives remains  committed  to  supporting complete  disarmament  and
remains convinced  that this  is one of  the steps that  could lead to  that
end.


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