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At UN: U.S. and Israel Alone Vote Against All Russian Resolutions to Prevent Arms Race in Space

The Chinese Xinhua news agency is reporting: “The First Committee of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) on Tuesday adopted three Russia-drafted resolutions to prevent an arms race in outer space.

“The resolutions, namely ‘Further Practical Measures for the Prevention of an Arms Race in Outer Space,’ ‘No First Placement of Weapons in Outer Space’ and ‘Transparency and Confidence-Building Measures in Outer Space,’ respectively received 124, 166 and 166 votes in favor.”The first resolution urges the global community to continue undertaking efforts to maintain peace and improve security in the world and avoid a conflict in space.

“The United States and Israel were the only two member states that voted against all three resolutions.

“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.

“Russia has proposed to move sessions of the First Committee of the UNGA to Vienna or Geneva from 2020, a Russian UN envoy has said.

“Russia’s first deputy permanent representative to the United Nations Dmitry Polyanskiy said early last month that one-third of Russian delegates to the First Committee’s session did not get U.S. visas on time.”

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ALICE SLATER, alicejslater at gmail.com, @aliceslater
Slater is the New York Director of the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation, and serves on the Coordinating Committee of World Beyond War. She wrote the piece “Space: The Next Battlefield?” last year for The Hill.