Issue Date: Feb 28, 1997
The Geneva-based 61-member UN disarmament commission began its 1997 session on January 21 to establish a committee on a fissile materials cut-off treaty, a top priority on the UN's agenda since March 1995. But the developing countries' insistence on multilateral talks to eliminate all nuclear weapons within a fixed period has posed a deadlock.
The nuclear dukes, however, say that disarmament must first be tackled bilaterally between the US and Russia, and that parallel talks would serve no purpose.
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