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Tuesday, 1 April 1980
Page: 1252

Senator CARRICK -On 31 March, I undertook to provide Senator Sibraa with further information regarding Australia and the Indian Ocean zone of peace issue at the United Nations. I am able to confirm that Australia voted in favour of resolution 34/80 at the 1979 session of the United Nations General Assembly concerning the declaration of the Indian Ocean as a zone of peace. I am also able to confirm that the resolution did draw attention to the dangers of competitive escalation between the great powers in the Indian Ocean. While the resolution did not specifically call upon the great powers to refrain from any further escalation and expansion of their military presence, it did call upon the Soviet Union and the United States to 'refrain from any activity prejudicial to the implementation of resolution 2032 (XXVI)', which was the original 1971 resolution on the Declaration of the Indian Ocean as a zone of peace. The Australian Government has not informed the ad hoc committee of its decision to invite the United States of America to use Australian military facilities in Western Australia. The ad hoc committee does not require such notification. Indeed, the committee has yet to reach agreement on the precise meaning and extent of the proposed zone of peace.

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