Thursday, February 12, 2009

India Proposed To Ban Nuclear Weapons

INDIA HAS proposed an interna­tional convention for "complete pro­hibition" of the use or threat of use of nuclear weapons to reduce dan­gers posed by the arsenal to human­ity. At an international security con­ference ,in Munich, National Security Adviser M.K. Narayanan underlined that India has been, and still remains, a strong 'and unwa­vering advocate of global verifiable and non-discriminatory nuclear dis­ armament.

"Even today, India is perhaps the only nuclear weapons State to express its readiness to negotiate a Nuclear Weapons Convention lead­ing to global,non-discriminatory and verifiable elimination of nuclear weapons," he said on Friday while speaking on the topic Non­ Proliferation, Arms control and Future of Nuclear Weapons; Is Zero Possible?

Referring to the Action Plan pro­ posed by India at the UN General Assembly in 1988 for complete elim­ination of all nuclear weapons in stages by 2010, he said "by far the most comprehensive initiative" is relevant even today.

He made several proposals to reduce risks posed by atomic weapons, which include negotiating a Convention on the complete pro­hibition of the use or threat of use of nuclear weapons.

- Some means proposed by Narayanan to reduce risks by

atomic weapons:

• Negotiating a convention on the complete prohibition of use or threat of use of nuclear weapons

- Reaffirmation of unequivocal commitment by all nuclear weapon States t6 the complete elimination of nuclear weapons

- Reduction of salience of nuclear weapons in security doctrines -

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