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        General Assembly
7 November 2003

Original: English

Fifty-eighth session
Agenda item 70

Establishment of a nuclear-weapon-free zone in the region of the Middle East

Report of the First Committee

Rapporteur : Mr. Miguel Carbo (Ecuador)

I. Introduction

1. The item entitled “Establishment of a nuclear-weapon-free zone in the region of the Middle East” was included in the provisional agenda of the fifty-eighth session of the General Assembly in accordance with Assembly resolution 57/55 of 22 November 2002.

2. At its 2nd plenary meeting, on 19 September 2003, the General Assembly, on the recommendation of the General Committee, decided to include the item in its agenda and to allocate it to the First Committee.

3. At its 1st meeting, on 29 September 2003, the First Committee decided to hold a general debate on all disarmament and international security items allocated to it, namely, items 62 to 80, which was held at the 2nd to 10th meetings, from 6 to 10 and from 13 to 16 October (see A/C.1/58/PV.2-10). Thematic discussions on the items were held, and draft resolutions were introduced and considered, at the 11th to 15th meetings, from 20 to 24 October (see A/C.1/58/PV.11-15). Action on all draft resolutions was taken at the 16th to 23rd meetings, from 27 to 30 October and from 3 to 6 November (see A/C.1/58/PV.16-23).

4. For its consideration of the item, the Committee had before it the following documents:

(a) Report of the Secretary-General (A/58/137 (Part I) and Add.1 and Add.1/Corr.1);

(b) Letter dated 3 October 2003 from the Permanent Representative of the Islamic Republic of Iran to the United Nations addressed to the Secretary-General (A/58/415-S/2003/952).

II. Consideration of draft resolution A/C.1/58/L.22

5. At the 14th meeting, on 23 October, the representative of Egypt introduced a draft resolution entitled “Establishment of a nuclear-weapon-free zone in the region of the Middle East” (A/C.1/58/L.22).

6. At its 16th meeting, on 27 October, the Committee adopted draft resolution A/C.1/58/L.22 without a vote (see para. 7).

III. Recommendation of the First Committee

7. The First Committee recommends to the General Assembly the adoption of the following draft resolution:



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