Explanation of Vote, by Garold N. Larson, Alternate Head of the U.S. Delegation to the UNGA First Committee, on Draft Resolution L.54, Towards a nuclear-free world: accelerating the implementation of nuclear disarmament commitments, in U.N. Conference Room 2



U.S. Mission to the United Nations 
Garold N. Larson, Alternate Head of the U.S. Delegation to the UNGA First Committee
New York, NY
October 29, 2009




AS DELIVERED

Mr. Chairman, I would like to explain the position of the United States on draft Resolution L.54, “Towards a nuclear-free world: accelerating the implementation of nuclear disarmament commitments.”  The U. S. delegation engaged in intense consultations with the sponsors of this resolution, and we appreciate the seriousness and good will of the co-sponsors.  However, the two sides were unable to reach agreement on changes that would have made the resolution acceptable to the United States.  We look forward to continuing our contacts with the countries in the New Agenda Coalition on issues of nuclear disarmament and nonproliferation.

However, because of our continuing problems with the text, we voted no on this resolution.

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PRN: 2009/248