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A/RES/50/65


General Assembly

Distr. GENERAL  
50th session
9 January 1996


Fiftieth session
Agenda item 65


                  RESOLUTION ADOPTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY

         [on the report of the First Committee (A/50/585 and Corr.1)]


            50/65.      Comprehensive nuclear-test-ban treaty


      The General Assembly,

      Recalling its resolutions 48/70 of 16 December 1993 and 49/70 of
15 December 1994, in which the entire international community
supported the multilateral negotiations on a comprehensive
nuclear-test-ban treaty,

      Reaffirming that a comprehensive nuclear-test ban is one of the
highest priority objectives of the international community in the
field of disarmament and non-proliferation,

      Convinced that the most effective way to achieve an end to
nuclear testing is through the conclusion of a universal and
internationally and effectively verifiable comprehensive
nuclear-test-ban treaty that will attract the adherence of all States
and will contribute to the prevention of the proliferation of nuclear
weapons in all its aspects, to the process of nuclear disarmament and
therefore to the enhancement of international peace and security,

      Noting the aspirations expressed by the parties to the 1963
Treaty Banning Nuclear Weapon Tests in the Atmosphere, in Outer Space
and under Water  1/ to seek to achieve the discontinuance of all
test explosions of nuclear weapons for all time, which are recalled in
the preamble to the 1968 Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear
Weapons,  2/

      Welcoming the further elaboration of the rolling text in the Ad
Hoc Committee on a Nuclear Test Ban of the Conference on Disarmament,
as reflected in the report of the Conference and its appendix,  3/
and the decision of the Conference to continue its work in
inter-sessional meetings,

      1.    Welcomes the continuing efforts in the multilateral
negotiations on a comprehensive nuclear-test-ban treaty in the Ad Hoc
Committee on a Nuclear Test Ban of the Conference on Disarmament, the
significant contributions to the rolling text made by States
participating in those negotiations and progress in key areas;

      2.    Calls upon all States participating in the Conference on
Disarmament, in particular the nuclear-weapon States, to conclude, as
a task of the highest priority, a universal and multilaterally and
effectively verifiable comprehensive nuclear-test-ban treaty which
contributes to nuclear disarmament and the prevention of the
proliferation of nuclear weapons in all its aspects, so as to enable
its signature by the outset of the fifty-first session of the General
Assembly;

      3.    Also calls upon participants in the Conference on
Disarmament to advance work on the basis of the rolling text during
the inter-sessional negotiating period so as to proceed to the final
phase of the negotiations at the beginning of 1996;

      4.    Further calls upon the Conference on Disarmament to
re-establish the Ad Hoc Committee at the commencement of its 1996
session, and to renew its mandate in order to complete the final text
of the treaty as soon as possible in 1996;

      5.    Urges all States to support the multilateral negotiations in
the Conference on Disarmament for a comprehensive nuclear-test-ban
treaty and their prompt conclusion;

      6.    Declares its readiness to resume consideration of this item,
as necessary, before its fifty-first session in order to endorse the
text of a comprehensive nuclear-test-ban treaty;

      7.    Requests the Secretary-General to ensure the provision to
the Conference on Disarmament of adequate administrative, substantive
and conference support services for these negotiations;

      8.    Decides to include in the provisional agenda of its
fifty-first session an item entitled "Implementation of the
comprehensive nuclear-test-ban treaty".

                                                          90th plenary meeting
                                                              12 December 1995


                                     Notes

1/   United Nations, Treaty Series, vol. 480, No. 6964.

2/   Ibid., vol. 729, No. 10485.

3/   Official Records of the General Assembly, Fiftieth Session,
Supplement No. 27 (A/50/27), sect. III.A.

    

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