137. Telegram 191560 From the Department of State to the Embassy in Djakarta1 2


  • Resolution in UN to Commend Seabeds Disarmament Treaty


  • 191559

In accordance reftel, following is text of UN resolution commending Seabeds Disarmament Treaty:

BEGIN TEXT. The General Assembly,

Recalling its resolution 2602F (XXIV)of 16 December 1969,

Convinced that the prevention of a nuclear arms race on the sea bed and the ocean floor serves the interests of maintaining world peace, reducing international tensions and strengthening friendly relations among States,

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Recognizing the common interest of mankind in the reservation of the seabed and ocean floor exclusively for peaceful purposes,

Having considered the report of the Conference of the Committee on Disarmament, dated 11 September 1970, and appreciative of the work of the Conference on the draft Treaty, attached to the report, on the Prohibition of the Emplacement of Nuclear Weapons and other Weapons of Mass Destruction on the Seabed and the Ocean Floor and in the Subsoil Thereof,

Convinced that this Treaty will further the purposes and principles of the Charter of the United Nations,

Commends the Treaty on the Prohibition of the Emplacement of Nuclear and Other Weapons of Mass Destruction on the Sea Bed and the Ocean Floor and in the Subsoil. Thereof, the text of which is attached to the present resolution,
Requests the depositary Governments to open the Treaty for signature and ratification at the earliest possible date,
Expresses the hope for the widest possible adherence to the Treaty. END TEXT.
  1. Source: National Archives, RG 59, Central Files 1970–1973, POL 33–6. Confidential; Priority. It was repeated to USUN and USDEL SALT III. Drafted by Rodes (ACDA/IR); cleared in IO/UNP, PM/DCA, and EA/IND; and approved by Day (ACDA/IR). The resolution, 2660 (XXV), passed on December 7, 1970, by a vote of 104 to 2, with 2 abstentions.
  2. The telegram transmitted the final text of the UN General Assembly resolution commending the seabed arms control treaty.