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

Cablegram United Nations 590 NEW YORK, 31 October 1946, 4.48 p.m.


Assembly 62.

The following is the exact text of Molotov's proposal on
disarmament (see our Assembly 52). [1]

'In accordance with Article II of the United Nations Charter, the
Soviet Delegation submits for the consideration of the General
Assembly the following proposal:

1. in the interests of consolidating International peace and
security and in conformity with the purposes and principles of the
United Nations Organisation, the General Assembly considers a
general reduction of armaments necessary.

2. The implementation of the decision on the reduction of
armaments should include as a primary objective the banning of the
manufacture and use of atomic energy for Military purposes.

3. The General Assembly recommends to the Security Council to
provide for the practical achievement of the objectives set forth
in the abovementioned paragraphs 1 and 2.

4. The General Assembly calls upon the Governments of all States
to render every possible assistance to the Security Council in
this responsible undertaking, the accomplishment of which conforms
to the establishment of stable peace and international Security
and also serves the interests of the peoples by lightening their
heavy economic burden caused by excessive expenditures for
armaments which do not correspond to peaceful post war

1 Molotov had foreshadowed the proposal in a speech in plenary
session of the General Assembly on 30 October.

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Last Updated: 11 September 2013
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