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A/RES/51/49


General Assembly

Distr. GENERAL  

8 January 1997

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Fifty-first session
Agenda item 75


                  RESOLUTION ADOPTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY

           [on the report of the First Committee (A/51/566/Add.15)]


            51/49.      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 50/74 of 12 December 1995 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,

      Also recalling with satisfaction the adoption, on 13 October
1995, of the Protocol on Blinding Laser Weapons (Protocol IV), 2/

      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,

      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 resumed sessions at
Geneva from 15 to 19 January 1996 and from 22 April to 3 May 1996 and
concluded its work,

      Particularly welcoming the adoption on 3 May 1996 of the amended
Protocol on Prohibitions or Restrictions on the Use of Mines, Booby
Traps and Other Devices (Protocol II), 3/

      Recalling the desire expressed by the States party to the
Convention that all States, pending the entry into force of the
amended Protocol, respect and ensure respect for the substantive
provisions of the amended Protocol to the fullest extent possible,

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

      Welcoming the national measures adopted by an increasing number
of Member States relating to bans, moratoriums or restrictions on the
transfer, use or production of anti-personnel landmines or to the
reduction of existing stockpiles of such 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 resolution 50/82 of 14 December
1995 and previous resolutions on assistance in mine clearance,

      Noting with appreciation contributions pledged to the Voluntary
Trust Fund for Assistance in Mine Clearance,

      1.    Registers its satisfaction with the report of the Secretary-
General; 4/

      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 adherence 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 ratifications and acceptances of
and accessions to the Convention and the Protocols;

      5.    Takes note with appreciation of the final 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, adopted at Geneva on 3 May 1996; 5/

      6.    Commends the amended Protocol on Prohibitions or
Restrictions on the Use of Mines, Booby Traps and Other Devices
(Protocol II) 3/ to all States, with a view to achieving the widest
possible adherence to this instrument at an early date, and calls, in
particular, on the States parties to express their consent to be bound
by the Protocol with a view to its entry into force as soon as
possible;

      7.    Again 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, and calls, in
particular, on the States parties to express their consent to be bound
by the Protocol with a view to its entry into force as soon as
possible;

      8.    Decides to include in the provisional agenda of its fifty-
second 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".


                                                          79th plenary meeting
                                                              10 December 1996


                                     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/16 (Part I), annex A.

3/    Ibid., annex B.

4/    A/51/254.

5/    CCW/CONF.I/16 (Part I).

 

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