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United Nations Disarmament Yearbook 1983

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The volume 8 compiles the disarmament resolutions and decisions of the General Assembly, the voting patterns in the General Assembly and the First Committee report and dates of their adoption.

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Limitation of conventional armaments and arms transfers on a world-wide and regional basis

1983 Did Not Witness a Single Measure of Progress in restraining the constant march of conventional armaments and arms transfers other than the formal entering into force of the Convention on Prohibitions or Restrictions on the Use of Certain Conventional Weapons Which May Be Deemed to Be Excessively Injurious or to Have Indiscriminate Effects. On the contrary, it was estimated that the annual world-wide military expenditure approached $800 billion, of which, it is generally accepted, non-nuclear spending accounted for over four fifths. Furthermore, in all too many instances conventional weapons and armed forces were used in combat, with the resultant death and destruction which was their designed purpose. In this context, it is relevant to note that the frequency of wars would appear to be on the increase. According to one assessment

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