51 Australian Delegation, United Nations, to Department of External Affairs

Cablegram UN30 NEW YORK, 10 January 1947, 9.25 p.m.


Security 220.

The Security Council, having accepted the recommendations contained in the General Assembly resolution of December 14th, 1946, on the principles governing the general regulation and reduction of armaments, and recognising that the implementation of the General Assembly's decision on this question is one of the most urgent and most important tasks facing the Security Council- resolves to give effect forthwith to these recommendations and to that end.

1. To establish Disarmament Commission composed of one representative of each of the members of the Security Council to work out proposals- (A) for the general regulation and reduction of armaments and armed forces, (B) for practical and effective safeguards in connection with the general regulation and reduction of armaments and to submit such proposals to the Security Council.

2. To request the Atomic Energy Commission to proceed with its work under the General Assembly resolution of 24th January, 1946, by which the Commission was created, and having in view the preparation of a draft convention or conventions for the creation of an international system of control and inspection, these conventions to include the prohibition of atomic and all other major weapons adaptable now and in the future to mass destruction and the control of atomic energy to the extent necessary to ensure its use only for peaceful purposes.

3. To request the Military Staff Committee to prepare for the Security Council proposals regarding the military requirements of the Security Council for the maintenance of international peace and security and the inauguration of the system of special agreements laid down in Article 43.

4. To request the Military Staff Committee to advise on the information to be required from members of the United Nations to give effect to the recommendations accepted by the Security Council in respect to the withdrawal and reduction of National armed forces.

5. The Security Council charges the Disarmament Commission, the Atomic Energy Commission and the Military Staff Committee to regard these appointed tasks as of the highest urgency and, in order to facilitate this work, the Security Council also resolves to expedite the consideration by the Council of the first report of the Atomic Energy Commission.

[AA : A1838, 854/12, i]