Mrs. Sirimavo Bandaranaike, Prime Minister of Ceylon, proposed the total demilitarisation of the Indian Ocean?
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TRANSCRIPT: SEQ 5: MRS. BANDARANAIKE: "Mr. President the main purpose of my address today is to place before this Assembly a proposal which, if accepted, could make a positive and far-reaching contribution to the cause of peace. I propose that the Indian Ocean be declared a zone of peace. The item has been described on the agenda of this session as an important and urgent one. The proposal is not a completely new one. The concept of a zone of peace is inherent in the concept of non-alignment which requires that the land territories, air space, and territorial waters of non-aligned states must be closed to great power conflicts and rivalries. All areas under the jurisdiction of non-aligned states should therefore, by definition, be zones of peace."
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Background: Mrs. Sirimavo Bandaranaike, Prime Minister of Ceylon, proposed the total demilitarisation of the Indian Ocean area....as a direct and tangible contribution to the disarmament decade and to the strengthening of conditions for world peace....in an address to the United Nations' General Assembly on Tuesday (12 October). Mrs. Bandaranaike pointed out that the global implications of the proposal required that it receive universal acceptance.