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United Nations (Special Session On Disarmament)

Volume 14: debated on Tuesday 8 December 1981

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Q52.

asked the Prime Minister what proposals Her Majesty's Government intend to put forward at the United Nations special session on disarmament in 1982.

The Government see the special session as an important opportunity for the international community to review progress in disarmament. It will not itself be a forum for negotiation. A comprehensive programme of disarmament will be one of the principal subjects for discussion. In July this year, the United Kingdom, together with Australia, Belgium, West German and Japan, tabled a draft in the Committee on Disarmament which proposes a framework for arms control and disarmament negotiations involving a step-by-step approach.