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India to revive Rajiv Gandhi’s global disarmament vision

NEW DELHI: Aiming to revive the Rajiv Gandhi Action Plan for a nuclear weapon-free world, a national outreach conference on global nuclear disarmament was held here on Tuesday. In his inaugural address, foreign minister S M Krishna said that India is prepared to negotiate a fissile material cut off treatyin the Conference on Disarmament.Any progress in the Conference on Disarmament for an FMCT has been consistently blocked by Pakistan that has cited asymmetry with India in fissile material stocks.”We have maintained our voluntary and unilateral moratorium on nuclear explosive testing and are prepared to negotiate an FMCT in the Conference on Disarmament in Geneva,” said Krishna.”We are committed to working with the international community to advance our common objectives of non-proliferation, including through strong export controls and membership of the multilateral export regimes,” he added.

Talking about India’s tabling of a working paper on nuclear disarmament in the UNGA in 2006, Krishna said that this contained a number of proposals which retained the spirit and substance of the Rajiv Gandhi Action Plan to take us closer, in a step by step process, for achieving “nuclear disarmament in a time-bound, universal, non-discriminatory, phased and verifiable manner”.

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The foreign minister called for a universal commitment and an agreed multilateral framework that is global and non-discriminatory. “There is need for a meaningful dialogue among all states possessing nuclear weapons to build the necessary trust and confidence and for reducing the salience of nuclear weapons in international affairs and security doctrines,” he said, adding that progressive steps are needed for the de-legitimization of nuclear weapons before they are eliminated.

He also said that pending the elimination of nuclear weapons, it was necessary to reduce nuclear risks especially of terrorists gaining access to sensitive materials and technology and even nuclear weapons.

Source : http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/India-to-revive-Rajiv-Gandhis-global-disarmament-vision/articleshow/15594742.cms

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