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Un Trusteeship Council (Hydrogen Bomb Tests)

Volume 531: debated on Monday 26 July 1954

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asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs how the British delegate to the United Nations Trusteeship Council voted at the sitting called to consider a petition from the Marshall Islands on resolutions which sought to ban further hydrogen bomb tests in the Eniwetok-Bikini proving grounds and to outlaw further tests pending an International Court of Justice ruling on their legality.

A resolution proposed by the Soviet delegate in the Trusteeship Council which called on the United States to cease from testing hydrogen bombs within the Pacific Islands Trust Territory. and also one proposed by the Indian delegate recommending that no more such tests be carried out pending an opinion from the International Court of Justice as to the legality of such tests within the Trust Territory, were rejected by the Trusteeship Council. In both cases the United Kingdom delegate voted with the majority. The resolution which he sponsored with the French and Belgian delegates took full account of the islanders' petition and inter alia recommended that if the United States considered it necessary in the interests of world peace and security to conduct further nuclear experiments in the Trust Territory, it should take such precautions as would ensure that no inhabitants of the territory were again endangered, including those precautionary measures requested by the petitioners. This resolution was passed by the Council by nine votes (Australia, Belgium, China, El Salvador, France, Haiti, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and United States of America) to three votes (India, Syria and Soviet Union).