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U.N. First Committee Concludes Yearly Meeting
The U.N. committee that handles disarmament matters on Wednesday wrapped up its monthlong annual meeting, which saw endorsement for General Assembly consideration of 59 documents relating to nuclear weapons and other international security concerns, according to a U.N. press release.
The 67th session of the First Committee saw passage of 53 resolutions, including a call by the Nonaligned Movement states for a special meeting of senior officials on the subject of nuclear disarmament. There were 165 votes in favor of the measure on Wednesday with no nation in opposition. France, Israel, Ukraine, the United Kingdom and the United States did not participate in the vote.
British and French delegates pointed out there are other international bodies that focus on the issue and questioned how a high-level gathering would serve to promote the action plan approved at the 2010 Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty review conference. Washington said the event's estimated price tag of $77,000 would place an added burden on U.N. financial planning.
Late action at the committee also addressed matters including The Hague Code of Conduct against Ballistic Missile Proliferation and the Biological Weapons Convention.
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