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China, Russia Submit New Agreement on Space Security

The delegations of China and the Russian Federation submitted a draft Legal Agreement on the Prevention of the Deployment of Weapons in Outer Space to the Conference on Disarmament (CD) on Thursday.


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The delegations of China and the Russian Federation submitted a draft Legal Agreement on the Prevention of the Deployment of Weapons in Outer Space to the Conference on Disarmament (CD) on Thursday.

This working paper has also won the co-sponsorship of the delegations of Viet Nam, Indonesia, Belarus and Zimbabwe, said Hu Xiaodi, Chinese Ambassador for Disarmament Affairs, said at the Plenary of the 2002 Session of CD on Thursday.

It is learned from the conference that the core of the new legal agreement is "Not to place in orbit around the Earth any objects carrying any kinds of weapons, not to install such weapons on celestial bodies, or not to station such weapons in outer space in any other manner".

The Chinese Ambassador pointed out at the conference that prevention of the weaponization of and an arm race in outer space has become a pressing task for the entire international community.

Peaceful use of outer space called for
Hu said that existing arms control and disarmament agreements related to outer space are far from sufficient in arresting the worrying slide towards the weaponization of and an arms race in outer space, although they have played a positive role in peaceful use of outer space and regulating relevant activities in outer space.

He said "We believe that only a treaty-based prohibition of the deployment of weapons in outer space and the prevention of the threat or use of force against outer space objects can eliminate the emerging threat of the weaponization of and an arms race in outer space and ensure the security for outer space assets of all countries."



About Conference on Disarmament
The Conference on Disarmament (CD), established in 1979 as the single multilateral disarmament negotiating forum of the international community, was a result of the first Special Session on Disarmament of the United Nations General Assembly held in 1978. It succeeded other Geneva-based negotiating fora, which include the Ten-Nation Committee on Disarmament (1960), the Eighteen-Nation Committee on Disarmament (1962-68), and the Conference of the Committee on Disarmament (1969-78).

As originally constituted, the CD had 40 members.

Currently the CD primarily focuses its attention on the following issues: cessation of the nuclear arms race and nuclear disarmament; prevention of nuclear war, including all related matters; prevention of an arms race in outer space; effective international arrangements to assure non-nuclear-weapon States against the use or threat of use of nuclear weapons; new types of weapons of mass destruction and new systems of such weapons including radiological weapons; comprehensive programme of disarmament and transparency in armaments. >>more information




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