United Nations

A/RES/50/60


General Assembly

Distr. GENERAL  
50th session
9 January 1996


Fiftieth session
Agenda item 57


                  RESOLUTION ADOPTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY

               [on the report of the First Committee (A/50/577)]


                 50/60.   Compliance with arms limitation and
                          disarmament agreements


      The General Assembly,

      Recalling its resolution 48/63 of 16 December 1993 and other
relevant resolutions on the question,

      Recognizing the abiding concern of all Member States for
maintaining respect for rights and obligations arising from treaties
and other sources of international law,

      Convinced that observance of the Charter of the United Nations,
relevant treaties and other sources of international law is essential
for the strengthening of international security,

      Mindful, in particular, of the fundamental importance of full
implementation and strict observance of agreements and other
obligations on arms limitation and disarmament if individual nations
and the international community are to derive enhanced security from
them,

      Stressing that any violation of such agreements and other
obligations not only adversely affects the security of States parties
but can also create security risks for other States relying on the
constraints and commitments stipulated in those agreements and other
obligations,

      Stressing also that any weakening of confidence in such
agreements and other obligations diminishes their contribution to
global or regional stability and to further disarmament and arms
limitation efforts and undermines the credibility and effectiveness of
the international legal system,

      Recognizing, in this context, that full compliance by parties
with all provisions of existing agreements and the resolving of
compliance concerns effectively by means consistent with such
agreements and international law can, inter alia, facilitate the
conclusion of additional arms limitation and disarmament agreements,
and thereby contribute to better relations among States and the
strengthening of world peace and security,

      Believing that compliance with all provisions of arms limitation
and disarmament agreements by States parties is a matter of interest
and concern to all members of the international community, and noting
the role that the United Nations has played and should continue to
play in that regard,

      Welcoming the universal recognition of the critical importance of
the question of compliance with and verification of arms limitation
and disarmament agreements and other obligations,

      1.    Urges all States parties to arms limitation and disarmament
agreements to implement and comply with the entirety of the spirit and
all provisions of such agreements;

      2.    Calls upon all Member States to give serious consideration
to the implications that non-compliance with any provisions of arms
limitation and disarmament obligations has for international security
and stability, as well as for the prospects for further progress in
the field of disarmament;

      3.    Also calls upon all Member States to support efforts aimed
at the resolution of compliance questions by means consistent with
such agreements and international law, with a view to encouraging
strict observance by all parties of the provisions of arms limitation
and disarmament agreements and maintaining or restoring the integrity
of such agreements;

      4.    Welcomes the role that the United Nations has played in
restoring the integrity of, and fostering negotiations on, certain
arms limitation and disarmament agreements and in the removal of
threats to peace;

      5.    Requests the Secretary-General to continue to provide
assistance that may be necessary in restoring and protecting the
integrity of arms limitation and disarmament agreements;

      6.    Encourages efforts by States parties to develop additional
cooperative measures, as appropriate, that can increase confidence in
compliance with existing arms limitation and disarmament obligations
and reduce the possibility of misinterpretation and misunderstanding;

      7.    Notes the contribution that verification experiments and
research can make and already have made in confirming and improving
verification procedures for arms limitation and disarmament agreements
under study or negotiation, thereby providing an opportunity, from the
time that such agreements enter into force, for enhancing confidence
in the effectiveness of verification procedures as a basis for
determining compliance;

      8.    Decides to include in the provisional agenda of its fifty-
second session the item entitled "Compliance with arms limitation and
disarmament obligations".

                                                          90th plenary meeting
                                                              12 December 1995

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