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Australian delegation to the special session of the United Nations general assmebly on disarmament



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Date THE HON. ANDREW PEACOCK M.P.

si 19 May 1978 AUSTRALIAN DELEGATION TO THE SPECIAL SESSION OF THE UNITED NATIONS GENERAL ASSEMBLY ON , DISARMAMENT, .

The Minister for Foreign Affairs, Mr Andrew Peacock, announced today that he would lead the Australian delegation to the Special Session of the United Nations General Assembly on Disarmament to be held in New York from 23 May to 28

Ambassador to the United Nations, H„E., Mr R.L. Harry, C.B.E. and Australia's Ambassador-at-Large on Non-Proliferation and Safeguards, Η.Ε. the Hon» Mr Justice R.W. Fox»

Mr JoAo Benson, Department of Foreign Affairs Mr RoKo Thomas, Department of Defence Mr AoRo Oxley, Australian Mission to the United Nations,

Mr LoA. Rowe, Australian Embassy, LISBON Ms M.S. Wickes, Australian Permanent Mission to the United

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Mr Jo Ridley, Senior Private Secretary to the Minister for Foreign Affairs Ms DoJo Giles, Australian Mission to the United Nations, NEW YORK Ms A» Darvall, Personal Assistant to Η.Ε» Mr Justice Fox»

the Special Session on Disarmament would be the first full- scale disarmament conference for more than 40 years. It woul'd provide a unique opportunity for governments to join together in a search for ways to eliminate the risk of

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The delegation would also include the Australian

Other members of the delegation would be

Alternative Representatives

NEW YORK

Nations, GENEVA

In announcing the delegation, Mr Peacock said that

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nuclear war and to curb the spiralling levels of conventional arms „. '

Mr Peacock added that at the Special Session particular attention would need to be paid to the question of controlling and eventually eliminating nuclear weapons, which posed the greatest threat to mankind.

The Special Session also had the potential, he said, to give important new impetus and direction to current arms control negotiations.