India, Pakistan continue talks on nuclear CBMs’

November 14th, 2007 - 2:31 am ICT by admin  
The talk on nuclear CBMs is being led by K C Singh, Additional Secretary (IO), in the Ministry of External Affairs from the Indian side.

Khalid Aziz Babar, who is the Additional Secretary (UN and EC) in their Foreign Affairs Ministry, is leading the Pakistani side.

Today’s meet will focus on reviewing of the implementation of existing agreements and security issues in multilateral fora. Existing nuclear Confidence Building Measures (CBMs) will also be discussed.

India and Pakistan on Thursday reiterated their commitment to uphold the four-year old ceasefire agreement in place between the two countries.

A joint statement issued after day one of the talks said that discussions were held in “a cordial and constructive atmosphere,” and the progress made in today’s talks would be reported to the respective foreign secretaries.

As mandated by the respective Foreign Secretaries, the two sides reviewed the implementation of the existing CBMs.

“Consultations continued with the aim of strengthening the ongoing process of confidence building in the conventional field,” said the joint statement.

Both sides are expected to review the progress made in the implementation of existing agreements and security issues.

The meeting that will be the fifth round of talks on convention and nuclear CBMs will focus on modalities to improve the level of trust between India and Pakistan in the field of non-conventional weapons.

The last round of talks on nuclear as well as conventional CBMs were held in April 2006 in Islamabad.

Islamabad and New Delhi will also hold second meeting on anti-terrorism mechanism in New Delhi on October 22, a few days after the conclusion of CBMs talks. (ANI)

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