To Achieve for the New Century a Global Treaty to Eliminate Nuclear Weapons
New Agenda Coalition
"We can no
longer remain complacent at the reluctance of the nuclear weapon states and
the three nuclear-weapons-capable states to take that fundamental and
requisite step, namely a clear commitment to the speedy, final and total
elimination of their nuclear weapons and nuclear weapons capability and we
urge them to take that step now."
UN Resolution L.4/Rev.1 on the New Agenda Coalition Resolution
"Towards a nuclear weapon free world: the need for a new agenda"
This resolution was sponsored and co-sponsored by the governments of Benin, Botswana, Brazil, Cameroon, Chile, Colombia, Congo, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Fiji, Guatemala, Ireland, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Malaysia, Mali, Mexico, New Zealand, Nigeria, Panama, Peru, Samoa, (Slovenia), Solomon Islands, South Africa, Swaziland, Sweden, Thailand, Togo, Uruguay, Venezuela and Zambia.
Amongst other things, the resolution:
1) Calls on the Nuclear Weapon States to demonstrate an unequivocal commitment to speedy and total elimination of their respective nuclear weapons; to pursue without delay and in good faith, and to bring to a conclusion, negotiations leading to the elimination of those weapons, thereby fulfilling their obligations under article VI of the Non Proliferation Treaty.
2) Calls on the US and Russia to bring START-II into force without delay and immediately commence negotiations leading to START-III
3) Calls on the Nuclear Weapon States to proceed to the 'de-alerting' of their nuclear weapons as an interim measure; to remove nuclear warheads from delivery vehicles.
4) Calls for an International Conference on Nuclear Disarmament and Non-proliferation.
5) Calls on nuclear weapons-capable states, that have not acceded to the Non Proliferation Treaty, to reverse their pursuit of nuclear weapons.
The new agenda coalition resolution was passed by the UN First Committee on Friday, November l3 1998 by 97 votes to l9, with 32 abstentions.
In the EU Austria joined
The NATO abstainers were joined unfortunately by
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