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A/63/170/Add.1

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16.

Bolivia, a free and independent republic and a great believer in peace, and also

a member of the Group of Latin American and Caribbean States in a region which is

also considered a peaceable part of European Union, the use of depleted weapons, cause a great deal of harm to

the world, condemns, at the urging of the uranium weapons which, like other types of humanity, in particular to civilians.

Italy

[Original: English] [12 August 2008]

1.

At

present

there

are

no

certain

scientific

data

available

that

could

prove,

beyond any doubt, that there is a close relationship between exposure, internal or

external, to depleted uranium radiation and the onset of malignant forms of cancer.

2.

It is nevertheless advisable to encourage the establishment of a monitoring

system in those areas where depleted uranium ammunitions have been used, in order to detect possible long-term effects on civilian population and on the environment. An international research project could be promoted not only to study the effects of the use of weapons and ammunitions containing depleted uranium, but also to

protect civilians and soldiers engaged in peacekeeping operations.

Jamaica

[Original: English] [12 August 2008]

1.

The Government of Jamaica is in full support of United Nations efforts to

dissuade and curb the use of depleted uranium weapons systems, commonly known as radioactive “dirty bombs”, in accordance with human rights and international

humanitarian law.

2.

Jamaica’s long-standing policy on disarmament and the non-proliferation of

weapons of war was the reason for the Government’s firm support of General Assembly resolution 62/30. Jamaica remains supportive of paragraph 2 of the draft

resolution

contained

in

document

A/C.1/62/L.18,

requesting

Member

States

to

“refrain

from

using

armaments

ammunitions

containing

depleted

uranium

until

studies to determine the effects of such armaments

and ammunitions on human

health and the environment are completed”.

3.

Jamaica is cognizant of the many and significant preventive efforts ongoing at

the national, regional and international levels to rebuild and rehabilitate countries from the effects of war and the consequent unjustifiable suffering meted out to civilians. Jamaica also draws attention to the immense difficulties these countries face to make a sustainable transition from war to peace due, in large part, to the immediate and residual effects of armaments and ammunitions on land and soil productivity and on the health and livelihood of the people, the productive and

regenerative force of these countries.

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