India proposes prohibition of nuclear weapons

February 7th, 2009 - 3:15 pm ICT by ANI  

New Delhi, Feb 7 (ANI): India has proposed an international convention for complete prohibition of nuclear weapons to reduce the dangers posed by atomic weapons to humanity.
National Security Adviser M K Narayanan on Saturday said that India is perhaps the only nuclear weapons state to openly favour negotiation of a Nuclear Weapons Convention leading to global non-discriminatory and verifiable elimination of nuclear weapons.
Addressing an international security conference in Munich, Narayanan declared that India advocate’’s global verifiable and non-discriminatory nuclear disarmament.
He urged for a universal legal binding agreement on non-use of nuclear weapons.
Narayanan also expressed regret on the failure in bringing change in the centrality of nuclear weapons in the security doctrines of the major nuclear weapon powers, even after the end of the Cold War.
Referring to the Action Plan proposed 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.
The other proposals include reaffirmation of reduction of the salience of nuclear weapons in security doctrines, de-alerting nuclear weapons to prevent unintentional or accidental use of nuclear weapons. (ANI)

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