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A/RES/50/74


General Assembly

Distr. GENERAL  
50th session
10 January 1996


Fiftieth session
Agenda item 74


                  RESOLUTION ADOPTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY

               [on the report of the First Committee (A/50/594)]


            50/74.      Convention on Prohibitions or
                        Restrictions on the Use of Certain
                        Conventional Weapons Which May Be
                        Deemed to Be Excessively Injurious or
                        to Have Indiscriminate Effects

      The General Assembly,

      Recalling its resolution 49/79 of 15 December 1994 and previous
resolutions referring to the Convention on Prohibitions or
Restrictions on the Use of Certain Conventional Weapons Which May Be
Deemed to Be Excessively Injurious or to Have Indiscriminate Effects, 1/

      Recalling with satisfaction the adoption, on 10 October 1980, of
the Convention, together with the Protocol on Non-Detectable Fragments
(Protocol I), 1/ the Protocol on Prohibitions or Restrictions on the
Use of Mines, Booby Traps and Other Devices (Protocol II) 1/ and the
Protocol on Prohibitions or Restrictions on the Use of Incendiary
Weapons (Protocol III), 1/ which entered into force on 2 December
1983,

      Recalling the commitment by the States that are parties to the
Convention and the Protocols annexed thereto to respect the objectives
and the provisions thereof,

      Reaffirming its conviction that a general and verifiable
agreement on prohibitions or restrictions on the use of certain
conventional weapons would significantly reduce the suffering of
civilians and combatants,

      Noting that, in conformity with article 8 of the Convention,
conferences may be convened to examine amendments to the Convention or
to any of the Protocols thereto, to examine additional protocols
concerning other categories of conventional weapons not covered by the
existing Protocols or to review the scope and application of the
Convention and the Protocols annexed thereto and to examine any
proposed amendments or additional protocols,

      Noting with satisfaction that the group of governmental experts
established to prepare a conference to review the Convention and the
Protocols annexed thereto held four meetings and completed its work by
submitting a final report,

      Welcoming the fact that the Review Conference of the States
Parties to the Convention on Prohibitions or Restrictions on the Use
of Certain Conventional Weapons Which May Be Deemed to Be Excessively
Injurious or to Have Indiscriminate Effects met at Vienna from 25
September to 13 October 1995, in accordance with article 8, paragraph
3, of the Convention and that, in addition to the States parties,
forty other States attended and took an active part in the Conference,

      Particularly welcoming the adoption on 13 October 1995 of the
Protocol on Blinding Laser Weapons (Protocol IV)  2/ annexed to the
Convention,

      Noting that the Review Conference was not able to complete its
work in reviewing the Protocol on Prohibitions or Restrictions on the
Use of Mines, Booby Traps and Other Devices (Protocol II), and the
decision of the Conference therefore to continue its work,

      Recalling the role played by the International Committee of the
Red Cross in the elaboration of the Convention and the Protocols
annexed thereto,

      Noting with satisfaction the convening by the Secretary-General
of the International Meeting on Mine Clearance at Geneva from 5 to 7
July 1995, and that substantial contributions to the Voluntary Trust
Fund for Assistance in Mine Clearance were pledged at the Conference,

      Welcoming the national measures adopted by Member States relating
to the transfer, the production or the reduction of existing
stockpiles of anti-personnel land-mines,

      Desirous of reinforcing international cooperation in the area of
prohibitions or restrictions on the use of certain conventional
weapons, in particular for the removal of minefields, mines and booby
traps,

      Recalling in this respect its resolutions 48/7 of 19 October 1993
and 49/215 of 23 December 1994 on assistance in mine clearance,

      1.    Registers its satisfaction with the report of the Secretary-
General;  3/

      2.    Welcomes the fact that additional States have ratified or
accepted the Convention on Prohibitions or Restrictions on the Use of
Certain Conventional Weapons Which May Be Deemed to Be Excessively
Injurious or to Have Indiscriminate Effects, which was opened for
signature in New York on 10 April 1981, or have acceded to the Convention;

      3.    Urgently calls upon all States that have not yet done so to
take all measures to become parties, as soon as possible, to the
Convention and its Protocols and upon successor States to take
appropriate measures so that ultimately access to these instruments
will be universal;

      4.    Calls upon the Secretary-General, in his capacity as
depositary of the Convention and the Protocols annexed thereto, to
continue to inform it periodically of accessions to the Convention and
the Protocols;

      5.    Takes note of the interim report of the Review Conference of
the States Parties to the Convention on Prohibitions or Restrictions
on the Use of Certain Conventional Weapons Which May Be Deemed to Be
Excessively Injurious or to Have Indiscriminate Effects, held at
Vienna from 25 September to 13 October 1995;  4/

      6.    Commends the Protocol on Blinding Laser Weapons (Protocol
IV) 2/ to all States, with a view to achieving the widest possible
adherence to this instrument at an early date;

      7.    Calls upon the States parties to intensify their efforts in
order to conclude negotiations on a strengthened Protocol II;

      8.    Takes note of the decision of the Review Conference to
continue its work at resumed sessions at Geneva from 15 to 19 January
and 22 April to 3 May 1996;

      9.    Requests the Secretary-General to continue furnishing needed
assistance to the Review Conference;

      10.   Again calls upon the maximum number of States to attend the
Review Conference;

      11.   Decides to include in the provisional agenda of its fifty-
first session the item entitled "Convention on Prohibitions or
Restrictions on the Use of Certain Conventional Weapons Which May Be
Deemed to Be Excessively Injurious or to Have Indiscriminate Effects".

                                                          90th plenary meeting
                                                              12 December 1995


                                     Notes

1/   See The United Nations Disarmament Yearbook, vol. 5:  1980
(United Nations publication, Sales No. E.81.IX.4), appendix VII.

2/   CCW/CONF.I/7.

3/   A/50/326.

4/   CCW/CONF.I/8/Rev.1.

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