First Committee Sends 22 Texts to General Assembly, Echoing Call for Expanding Nuclear-Weapon-Free Zones into Middle East, Bolstering Disarmament Efforts

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Taking action on more than 22 texts, many aimed at bolstering disarmament efforts, the First Committee (Disarmament and International Security) once again approved a draft resolution that would ask the General Assembly to establish a nuclear-weapon-free zone in the Middle East, seeking to provide a measure of assurance in a region brimming with turmoil and insecurity.

Approved without a vote, that draft, titled “establishment of a nuclear-weapon-free zone in the region of the Middle East” (document A/C.1/71/L.1), would have the General Assembly urge all parties to take practical and urgent steps required towards the establishment of such a zone and also invite countries concerned to adhere to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons.  The text also made note of the importance of peace negotiations in the Middle East, which should be of a comprehensive nature and represent an appropriate framework for the peaceful settlement of contentious issues in the region.

During further action on draft texts under its nuclear weapons cluster, the Committee approved a broad range of drafts that addressed issues spanning from establishing a treaty to ban nuclear weapons to accelerating disarmament commitments.

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