47th Plenary Meeting of General Assembly: 50th Session - Part 1

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01-Nov-1995 01:28:26
Assembly expresses deep concern at Iraqi withholding of nuclear weapons information from International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) at 47th meeting.

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The General Assembly this afternoon expressed deep concern that Iraq had since 1991 withheld from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) information about its nuclear weapons programme by adopting a resolution by a vote of 144 in favour to 1 against (Democratic People's Republic of Korea), with 8 abstentions (Cuba, China, Lao People's Democratic Republic, Ghana, Sudan, Syria, United Republic of Tanzania, Viet Nam). (For details of the voting, see Annex V.)

The resolution on the IAEA was adopted following the defeat of an amendment proposed by Iraq which called for noting that the Agency's report stated that that country's nuclear-weapon programme had been, for all practical purposes, destroyed, removed or rendered harmless. By the amendment, the Assembly, rather than stressing the need for Iraq to cooperate fully with the Agency, would have stressed the need for Iraq to continue its cooperation with the Agency. The amendment was defeated by a vote of 95 against to 8 in favour (Brunei Darussalem, Cuba, Indonesia, Lao People's Democratic Republic, Lesotho, Libya, Malaysia, Sudan), with 22 abstentions. (See Annex I.)

Separate votes were held on three different paragraphs of the draft resolution on the report of the IAEA.

A preambular paragraph by which the Assembly made reference to the inalienable right of States parties to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons to develop research, production and use of nuclear energy for peaceful purposes without discrimination was retained by a vote of 128 in favour to 3 against (India, Israel, Saudi Arabia), with 7 abstentions (Cuba, Bhutan, Burkina Faso, Pakistan, United Republic of Tanzania, Zimbabwe). (See Annex II.)

A preambular paragraph which made reference to several resolutions adopted by the IAEA General Conference was retained by a vote of 121 in favour to none against, with 10 abstentions. (See Annex III)

In addition, the Assembly voted by 128 in favour to none against, with 10 abstentions, to retain the operative paragraph which referred to Iraq's withholding of information from the Agency about its nuclear-weapon programme. (See Annex IV.)

Among the other provisions of the resolution as a whole, the Assembly also expressed concern over the continuing non-compliance of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea with the safeguards agreement and urged that country to cooperate fully with the Agency. It appealed to all States to ratify or accede to the Convention on Nuclear Safety.

Statements on the report of the IAEA were made by the representatives of Iran, Belarus, Pakistan, Australia, Romania, Nigeria, Russian Federation, Democratic People's Republic of Korea, Mexico and South Africa. Statements in exercise of the right of reply were made by the representatives of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea and the Republic of Korea.

The representative of Iraq introduced his country's amendments to the draft. Speaking in explanation of vote were the representatives of France, India, Democratic People's Republic of Korea, United States, China, Burkina Faso and Israel.

Also this afternoon, the Assembly continued its consideration of a draft resolution on multilingualism. The representative of France introduced a revised version of the draft, by which the Secretary-General would be requested, among other things, to ensure that personnel recruited by the different bodies of the Organization have a command of at least one of the working languages of the Secretariat. The Assembly would stress the need to ensure resources for teaching the official and working languages of the Secretariat.

Following statements on the draft by the representatives of the Russian Federation and Swaziland, the representative of the United States, speaking on a point of order, put forward a motion to adjourn debate on the matter until a later time to allow for further consultations on the draft. That motion was defeated by a vote of 75 against to 70 in favour with 6 abstentions (Belgium, Kazakhstan, Czech Republic, Russian Federation, Rwanda, Yemen). (See Annex VI.)

Speaking in favour of the motion prior to the vote were the representatives of Japan and Fiji, while the representatives of Argentina and France spoke against it.

The General Assembly will meet again at 10 a.m. tomorrow, 2 November, to take action on the draft resolution on multilingualism. It will also consider the necessity of ending the economic, commercial and financial embargo imposed by the United States against Cuba, including a draft resolution on that issue.

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A/50/PV.47
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