United Nations Disarmament Yearbook 1990

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The volume 15 compiles the disarmament resolutions and decisions of the forty-fifth 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 1990 on key issues of multilateral consideration at the international and regional levels. Reviews the activity of the forty-fifth session of the General Assembly, the Conference on Disarmament and the Disarmament Commission. Contains a timeline that highlights events in multilateral disarmament in 1990.



Regional disarmament and confidence-and security-building measures

The possibility of regional approaches to disarmament has received considerable attention over the years. Regional arms limitation has been viewed as one way to contribute towards general and complete disarmament on a global basis. In the context of regional disarmament efforts, particularly in Europe, the concept of confidence-building measures has frequently been focused upon. Such measures are intended to encourage the development of trust and more stable relations between States by reducing or even eliminating the causes of mistrust, fear and other factors contributing to tensions and the danger of conflict between nations, and to high and increasing levels of armaments and forces. It is generally accepted that confidence-building measures should facilitate and promote the process of arms limitation and disarmament but should not be a substitute or a precondition for disarmament steps, or divert attention from them.


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