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    The Canadian Prime Minister, Mr. Pierre Trudeau, chose the third day of the special United?

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    The Canadian Prime Minister, Mr. Pierre Trudeau, chose the third day of the special United Nations disarmament session on Friday (26 May) to make a formal announcement of Canada's decision to scrap its nuclear weaponry. Mr. Trudeau told the 149-nation conference that Canada was replacing its small, American-made nuclear arsenal with conventional weapons. He said that Canada was the first nuclear armed nation to have chosen to divest itself of nuclear weapons.

    SYNOPSIS: West Germany's Chancellor Helmut Schmidt, addressing the assembly for the first time, defended the NATO alliance which the Soviet Foreign Minister, Mr Andrei gromyko, had accused of plotting a military build-up in the 1980s. It was, said Chancellor Schmidt, a reliable factor in the international effort for security. He said that political stability depended on four elements-political, strategic and military balance and a policy of detente.

    Mr Gromyko proposed a total ban on the neutron bomb. He said the Soviet Union did not intend to start producing neutron weapons unless the United States or any other nation did so. In a wide ranging speech he said that neutron weapons should be banned, once and for all. But it was Mr Trudeau's speech which took the conference by surprise-as he announced that Canada was already replacing its nuclear arms with conventional weapons.

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