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United Nations Disarmament Yearbook 1986

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The volume 11 compiles the disarmament resolutions and decisions of the forty-first session of the General Assembly, the voting patterns in the General Assembly and the First Committee report and dates of their adoption. It summarizes developments and trends in 1986 on key issues of multilateral consideration at the international and regional levels.

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Prevention of nuclear war

At its tenth special session, in 1978, the General Assembly endorsed the view that removing the threat of a nuclear war was the “most urgent task of the present day” This statement has been time and again reaffirmed by most States, including the two major nuclear Powers. The Soviet Union made a solemn commitment at the twelfth special session, in 1982, that it would never be the first to use nuclear weapons. President Reagan of the United States, addressing the General Assembly the following year, declared: “ A nuclear war cannot be won and must never be fought.” In spite of such consensus on the principle, there are fundamental differences on the specific aspects of the question.

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