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This report prepared by the Group of Experts on the Reduction of Military Budgets in pursuance of General Assembly resolution 35/142 B recalls the "provision of paragraph 90 of the Final Document of the Tenth Special Session of the General Assembly, according to which it should continue to consider what concrete steps should be taken to facilitate the reduction of military budgets, bearing in mind the relevant proposals and documents of the United Nations on this question". It also expressed the conviction that "reductions of military
expenditures could be carried out without affecting the military balance to the detriment of the national security of any country". It further recalled earlier resolutions requesting the secretary-General to carry out the practical test of the proposed instrument, to assess the results of this test and to develop recommendations for its refinement and implementation.