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    "He who controls space controls the Earth"
    Link: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/articl.../EDCPV0DEL.DTL

    The current Outer Space Treaty (information can be found here) forbids countries from deploying "nuclear weapons or any other kinds of weapons of mass destruction" in outer space. The term "weapons of mass destruction" is not defined, but it is commonly understood to include nuclear, chemical, and biological weapons. The treaty, however, does not prohibit the launching of ballistic missiles, which could be armed with WMD warheads, through space.

    Currently, America is the only nation which has the ability (funding and technology) to militarize space. However, many other nations have the means to develop advanced ASAT (anti-satellite) systems which have the potential to bring the international economy to a halt by crippling global communications and navigation systems.

    The Republic of Turkey would like to express it concern on this matter. The 'weaponization' of space, in The Republic of Turkey's opinion, should be avoided, as it gives some nations strict control over others and can only lead to another arms race. On account of this, The Republic of Turkey feels that the current treaty needs to be amended to ensure that the possibility of an arms race in space is wiped out.

    (OOC) :woo: :woo: :woo: I really find this topic interesting!:woo: :woo: :woo: (/OOC)
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    (Original post by taigan)
    "He who controls space controls the Earth"
    Link: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/articl.../EDCPV0DEL.DTL

    The current Outer Space Treaty (information can be found here) forbids countries from deploying "nuclear weapons or any other kinds of weapons of mass destruction" in outer space. The term "weapons of mass destruction" is not defined, but it is commonly understood to include nuclear, chemical, and biological weapons. The treaty, however, does not prohibit the launching of ballistic missiles, which could be armed with WMD warheads, through space.

    Currently, America is the only nation which has the ability (funding and technology) to militarize space. However, many other nations have the means to develop advanced ASAT (anti-satellite) systems which have the potential to bring the international economy to a halt by crippling global communications and navigation systems.

    The Republic of Turkey would like to express it concern on this matter. The 'weaponization' of space, in The Republic of Turkey's opinion, should be avoided, as it gives some nations strict control over others and can only lead to another arms race. On account of this, The Republic of Turkey feels that the current treaty needs to be amended to ensure that the possibility of an arms race in space is wiped out.

    (OOC) :woo: :woo: :woo: I really find this topic interesting!:woo: :woo: :woo: (/OOC)
    The Federal Republic of Austria shares Turkey's concern on this issue and would like to commend Turkey for bringing this issue to the forefront.

    Austria agrees that the treaty needs reviewing to prevent any arms races.
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    France would support any new treaty that prevented the future weaponisation of space.

    [OOC: I'm confused though - why are you boldening random words? :hmmm:]
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    (Original post by Student2806)
    France would support any new treaty that prevented the future weaponisation of space.

    [OOC: I'm confused though - why are you boldening random words? :hmmm:]
    [OOC] I think it's an attempt to make meanings clearer or something, I was just doing it to fit in :p: But seems words like "Concern" and that have been made bold... [/OOC]
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    (Original post by Student2806)
    France would support any new treaty that prevented the future weaponisation of space.

    [OOC: I'm confused though - why are you boldening random words? :hmmm:]
    (OOC) I do it cause it's fun but thats just me...(/OOC)
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    The Republic of Turkey would like to know other nations' opinion on the predicted Arms Race in Space and whether or not measures should be taken to prevent any single nation "weaponizing" space.
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    The Federal Republic of Austria is against weaponisation of space and does indeed feel measures should be put in place.
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    The Secretary General agrees with the Republic of Turkey that the weaponization of space is illegal and immoral - numerous UN Agreements confirm the UNs committment to the preservation of Space for solely peaceful purposes.

    [OOC]I really love this topic too [/OOC]
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    Iceland agrees that the weaponization of space is immoral and would be ridiculous in the first place.

    We also agree that a treaty should be put forward to ratify this.
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    The UK supports any move which would protect the nations of our planet. The UK feels that weaponisation of space is no different than nuclear deterrants such as Trident. The UK would only support such abilities for nations that have found peace with other nations, and would wish to forbid and prevent nations which frequently go against international coordination from making any weapon proliferation, on earth or in space.
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    Nigeria is against the weaponisation of space and also agrees that a treaty should be put forward.
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    The representative of Bolivia is interested in hearing the measures which the honourable delegate of Turkey sees as potentially effective in preventing the development of an arms race. We are prepared to comply with any collective action taken to safeguard peace, but also wary of the issue as we do not believe the US or the next most developed states have shown evidence of any true commitment to disarmament.
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    The representative of Liberia agrees with the Republic of Turkey, and believes that the weaponization of space should be illegal.

    We would fully support amendments to the treaty.

    We believe that our wars should not extend beyond the borders of our own earth. If nations are allowed to mobilize in space then we can never hope to place limitations on other nations.

    [OOC] I hope this makes sense...[/OOC]
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    Brazil feels that development of space technology and exploration is useful and helpful to mankind. However, we are against particular countries using space to their own advantage, i.e. the weaponization of space. We feel that this is just another form of colonism.
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    The Republic of Turkey would like to suggest amending the current Outer Space Treaty in order to ensure that no nations engage in the "weaponization" of space in the future. To achieve this, The Republic of Turkey would like to ask the delegates of other nations on their opinion of such an amendment. The amendment would have to include the prohibiting of the use of ballistic missiles in space. What do other nations feel about this and are there any other amendments to be made?

    (OOC) By the way, nations such as Russia, USA and China should be against this amendment as their nations are currently seeking to "weaponize" space. Are the delegates for these nations available? (/OOC)
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    China feels that outer space should not be militarized. China stands for the complete prohibition and thorough destruction of weapons deployed in outer space. It opposes the development of anti-satellite weapons. We would support a complete ban on any space weapons, to include anti-satellite weapons. No country should experiment with weapons in space.

    The DPRK Agrees that there should not be weapons in space for the foreseeable future, but feels it will eventually become necessary.
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    Bolivia has no ballistic missiles and holds no desire to acquire or launch any into space. We are in full support of any prohibitive measures which might be adopted, and endorse their implementation to all other states.
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    The Federal Republic of Austria also wishes to re-affirm it has no plans to militirise space and does not wish to see any nation do this...

    [OCC] Which is expected, consider Austria has no space program, hardly any weapons and is pretty much a small player in everything, except maybe skiing [/OOC]
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    The Republic of Turkey would like to draw the delegates' attention to the ASAT weapons in particular. This is a very sensitive matter. ASAT weapons give a country the ability to defend itself from any military attack that another nation may have set up in space. Does a country not have the right to protect itself? On the other hand, however, these weapons give a nation power to destroy satellites, and therefore, gives these nations the ability to cripple economies and destroy international communication. Which is more important and what do the delegates feel about this?

    The Republic of Turkey personally feels that possessing ASAT weapons is a right, just like how a nation has the right to pursue a navy or an air-force.
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    China still feels that all ASAT missions should be stopped, including our own. However weapons as powerful as this are like nuclear arms. Once one country has them all other countries feel (rightly in our opinion) that they need them to offer the same deterrent. It is this that has spured our own ASAT tests as the US doesn't want to stop developing a weapon that could be this powerful, especially if in the wrong hands.
 
 
 
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