UN supports resolution on nuclear-weapon-free zone in Central Asia
Tashkent, Uzbekistan, Nov. 4
By Demir Azizov- Trend:
The First Committee of the UN General Assembly has adopted the draft resolution on Central Asian Nuclear-Weapon-Free Zone Treaty without voting, on the basis of consensus, Jahon news agency of Uzbekistan's Foreign Ministry said.
The First Committee of the UN General Assembly deals with disarmament and international security issues.
Nearly 60 countries, including the five officially declared nuclear weapon states - UK, China, Russia, US and France - are the co-authors of the draft resolution, according to Jahon agency.
The first paragraph of the document "welcomes the entry into force of the Central Asian Nuclear-Weapon-Free Zone Treaty dated March 21, 2009," according to the report.
Thus, the initiative put forward by Uzbek President Islam Karimov at the 48th session of the UN General Assembly in September 1993 was supported.
The nuclear-weapon-free zone in Central Asia is the first such zone created in the northern hemisphere. The treaty became the first multilateral agreement with participation of all five Central Asian states in the sphere of security
Under the agreement, each party undertakes not to conduct researches, develop, manufacture, accumulate stocks, or otherwise acquire, posses or have control over any nuclear weapon, or other nuclear explosive device in any form.
At the same time, the states possessing nuclear weapon undertake not to use or threaten to use a nuclear weapon or other nuclear explosive device against any party to the treaty.
International experts claim that the practical implementation of Uzbekistan's initiative complies with the priority tasks on ensuring regional security for the stable and sustainable development of all Central Asian countries, as well as on strengthening the nuclear nonproliferation regime at the global level.
Edited by CN