DATE=9/6/2000 TYPE=CORRESPONDENT REPORT TITLE=U-N SUMMIT-PUTIN (L ONLY) NUMBER=2-266189 BYLINE=BRECK ARDERY DATELINE=UNITED NATIONS CONTENT= VOICED AT: INTRO: Russia's President Vladimir Putin has (Wednesday) proposed an international conference on the militarization of outer space. Mr. Putin spoke at the opening session of the United Nations Millennium Summit of World leaders. VOA Correspondent Breck Ardery reports. TEXT: Mr. Putin told the gathering of world leaders that the control of nuclear weapons and the elements used to make them should be a major priority for the world. Speaking through an interpreter, he also expressed concern about what he described as plans for the "militarizatiion of outer space." /// PUTIN INTERPRETER ACT /// Particularly alarming are the plans for militarization of outer space. In spring of the year 2001 we shall celebrate the 40th anniversary of the first flight of man in outer space. That man was our compatriot, and we suggest to organize on that date, under the umbrella of the U-N, an international conference on the prevention of outer space militarization. I think the most proper place for it shall be Moscow. ///END ACT/// Diplomats say that, without mentioning it by name, Mr. Putin was expressing his disapproval of a U-S proposal for a national missile defense system. President Clinton recently put that plan on indefinite hold, leaving a decision to the next president. Russia has expressed strong opposition to the idea of a missile defense system. In his speech to the U-N summit, the Russian President also addressed the issue of terrorism, calling it "dangerous and treacherous." Russian officials have blamed extremists from Chechnya for terrorist attacks in Moscow. Mr. Putin noted that his nation underwent historic changes at the end of the 20th century and that Russia, as never before, is now open to international cooperation. (Signed) NEB/UN/BA/ENE/KBK 06-Sep-2000 12:47 PM EDT (06-Sep-2000 1647 UTC) NNNN Source: Voice of America .