United Nations Disarmament Yearbook 1996

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The volume 21 compiles the disarmament resolutions and decisions of the fifty-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 1996 on key issues of multilateral consideration at the international and regional levels. Reviews the activity of the fifty-first session of the General Assembly, the Conference on Disarmament and the Disarmament Commission. Contains a timeline that highlights events in multilateral disarmament in 1996.



Conventional weapons: Global and regional approaches

The frequent outbreak of devastating, intra-state conflicts over the past six or seven years, in which conventional weapons are used, points to the need for the international community to reach some agreement on how to deal with such weapons. In an effort to address this situation, a number of approaches have been tried: confidence-building, the regulation of arms transfers, the actual reduction of arms, as in the case of the Treaty on Conventional Armed Forces in Europe (CFE), and practical disarmament measures in the context of peace-building. Since it is the conditions in their respective regions that determine most States’ perception of security and their policies and requirements in the military field, there has been a marked trend in recent years to devise and implement appropriate measures at the regional level.


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