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UN General Assembly Resolutions: Resolution 40/93

(December 12, 1985)

The traditional anti-Israel resolution dealing with Israel's nuclear armament, was presented mainly to test Israel 's friends on their position on this sensitive issue. The resolution also included a call on the Security Council to take effective measures to ensure that Israel places its nuclear facilities under the International Atomic Energy Agency safeguards. The resolution was adopted by a vote of 101 in favor, 2 against with 47 abstentions. Operative paragraph 4 was adopted by 91 for, 24 against and 28 abstentions. Operative paragraph was adopted by 89 in favor, 22 against with 32 abstentions.

The General Assembly,

Bearing in mind its previous resolutions on Israeli nuclear armament, the latest of which is 39/147 of 17 December 1984,

Recalling resolution 39/54 of 12 December 1984, in which, inter alia, it called upon all countries of the Middle East, pending the establishment of a nuclear-weapon-free zone in the Middle East, to agree to place all their nuclear activities under International Atomic Energy Agency safeguards,

Recalling further Security Council resolution 487 (1981) of 19 June 1981 in which, inter alia, the Council called upon Israel urgently to place its nuclear facilities under International Atomic Energy Agency safeguards,

Noting with grave concern Israel's persistent refusal to commit itself not to manufacture or acquire nuclear weapons, despite repeated calls by the General Assembly, the Security Council and the International Atomic Energy Agency, and to place its nuclear facilities under Agency safeguards,

Aware of the grave consequences that endanger international peace and security as a result of Israel's development and acquisition of nuclear weapons and Israel's collaboration with South Africa to develop nuclear weapons and their delivery systems,

1. Takes note of the report of the United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research of 9 August 1985;

2. Reiterates its condemnation of Israel's refusal to renounce any possession of nuclear weapons;

3. Requests once more the Security Council to take urgent and effective measures to ensure that Israel complies with Security Council resolution 487 (1981) and places all its nuclear facilities under International Atomic Energy Agency safeguards;

4. Reiterates its request to the Security Council to investigate Israel's nuclear activities and the collaboration of other States, parties and institutions in these activities;

5. Calls upon all States and organizations that have not yet done so to discontinue co-operating with and giving assistance to Israel in the nuclear field;

6. Reaffirms its condemnation of the continuing nuclear collaboration between Israel and South Africa;

7. Requests the Secretary-General to follow closely Israeli nuclear activities and to report thereon as appropriate to the General Assembly.

Sources: The United Nations