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Thursday, 26 November 1959


Mr Haylen n asked the Minister for External Affairs, upon notice -

1.   Did the Australian delegation to the United Nations support a resolution, introduced in the General Assembly on the 13th November by Ireland's Minister for External Affairs, Mr. Frank Aiken, against the spread of nuclear weapons?

2.   Does the Government agree with the views expressed by Mr. Aiken when introducing the resolution, especially his proposal calling for a ten-nation committee to consider means for preventing the spread of nuclear weapons by transfer from nuclear powers and for policing an agreement by which non-nuclear powers agree not to produce these weapons?


Mr CASEY - The answers to the honorable member's questions are as follows: -

1.   The Irish resolution was approved by the General Assembly by 68 votes in favour, including Australia, tonone against, with twelve countries abstaining from voting. These were the nine Soviet bloc countries, China, France and Peru.

2.   The Government agrees entirely with the terms of the resolution, including that paragraph which the honorable member evidently has in mind and which reads:

The General Assembly -

Suggests that the Committee (that is, the Ten-Nation Disarmament Committee recently established outside the framework of the U.N. and composed of 5 NATO and 5 Warsaw Pact countries) in the course of its deliberations should consider appropriate means whereby this danger (that is, the danger involved in any increase in the number of States manufacturing or having unfettered control over nuclear weapons) may be averted, includingthe feasibility of arriving at an international agreement, subject to inspection and control, whereby the powers producing nuclear weapons would refrain from handing over the control of such weapons to any nation not possessing them and whereby the powers not possessing such weapons would refrain from manufacturing them.







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