UN General Assembly Passes Resolution Proposed by Iran
TEHRAN (Tasnim) – The First Committee of UN General Assembly on Monday passed a disarmament resolution inclusive of three of Iranian President Hassan Rohani's proposals during his address to the UN in late September.
The draft for the resolution presented to the First Committee on Disarmament and International Security by the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) included three proposals presented by President Rohani.
It was approved by 129 votes to 28 with 19 abstentions at the First Committee.
The Iranian president's three proposals in the resolution are as follows:
1. Immediate beginning of negotiations aimed at signing an international convention aimed at banning the purchasing, manufacturing, development, stockpiling, and usage of nuclear arms, and providing the ground for their full annihilation;
2. Holding an international summit meeting in the year 2018 on nuclear disarmament;
3. Nomination of September 26th of every year as the international day for full annihilation of the nuclear weapons.
Iran's permanent representative to the UN, Mohammad Khazaie, told representatives of different countries at the GA First Committee that the proposed resolution by NAM was inclusive of the three proposals which were earlier in the year presented by President Rouhani at the nuclear disarmament summit in late September.
“The nuclear weapons pose the greatest security threat against us, our offspring, the Earth, and the whole mankind. Before they consume us all together, we must consume them all together. This is not an option but a must. This is both our right and responsibility,” said Mohammad Khazaie.
These proposals were supported by many delegations of the countries that participated at the High Level Gathering on Nuclear Weapons Disarmament and the annual session of the General Assembly's annual Disarmament Committee, called the First Committee.
The Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) arranged these proposals in the framework of a draft resolution under the title "Pursuing the Objectives of the High Level 2013 Meeting of the General Assembly on Nuclear Disarmament and presented it in late September to the annual meeting of the General Assembly's 1st Committee.
The resolution was surveyed during the course of the past weeks by the participating delegations at that committee's annual meeting, and was ratified on Monday.
The resolution's significance is because it is the second serious initiative of the NAM in disarmament field during the past two years. NAM's first initiative in this field was ratifying a resolution last year, on whose basis this year's September UN General Assembly Nuclear Disarmament talks were held.
The First Committee deals with disarmament, global challenges and threats to peace that affect the international community and seeks out solutions to the challenges in the international security regime.
Iran was elected in early October by United Nations member states to serve as the rapporteur of the UN First Committee on Disarmament and International Security. Iran also serves as chair of the Non-Aligned Movement, the largest bloc of nations at the UN.