Practice Relating to Nuclear Weapons
In 1996, during a debate in the First Committee of the UN General Assembly, Gabon stated:
The past half-century has clearly demonstrated that it is possible to maintain international peace and security without recourse to nuclear weapons. That incontrovertible fact highlights not only the importance of instruments and machinery for the non-proliferation of nuclear weapons but also, and above all, the need for the ongoing mobilization of the international community in the cause of nuclear disarmament.
We therefore appeal wholeheartedly for the adoption of concrete measures for conventional disarmament that can provide all nations, and in particular those that are daily facing the horrors of war, with better opportunities to strengthen their security. The delegation of Gabon is prepared to support any resolution on this issue.