Space

Russia submits draft UN resolution against arms race in space

RIA Novosti

07:49 21/10/2009 NEW YORK, October 21 (RIA Novosti) - The Russian delegation to the United Nations has submitted to the UN two draft resolutions on confidence-building measures and on the prevention of arms race in space, a RIA Novosti correspondent reported on Wednesday.

The resolution has to be approved the General Assembly's First committee, charged with issues of disarmament and international security, before being submitted to the General Assembly.

The document, co-authored with 58 states, will be discussed by the committee in October. If approved, the draft will be submitted for vote to the General Assembly in December.

Three similar resolutions have already been adopted on the Russian initiative in recent years. Last year, the resolution was adopted by 168 "yes" votes.

The U.S. traditionally opposes such resolutions, apparently because its missile defense program envisages the deployment of some elements in space.

Nearly 10 countries worldwide are now capable of independent satellite launches and more than 130 countries are engaged in peaceful space-related activities.



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