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India, Pakistan to discuss CBMs in nuclear fields

The talks would cover a general framework on strategic stability, crisis management and confidence building.

india Updated: Apr 22, 2006 16:57 IST

India and Pakistan will discuss initiation of more confidence building measures in the nuclear and conventional fields and attempt to firm up a draft agreement on reducing risk of nuclear accidents during official-level talks in Islamabad next week.

The fourth round of official and expert-level talks on nuclear and conventional CBMs would be held in Islamabad on April 25 between an Indian delegation headed by Additional Secretary of External Affairs Ministry, KC Singh and his Pakistani counterpart, Tariq Usman Hider.

The talks on Tuesday would cover a general framework on strategic stability, crisis management and confidence building.

Ahead of the talks, India has given a draft agreement on 'Reducing Risk of Nuclear Accidents' and the Pakistani side was expected to give its opinion on it during the discussions.

Officials of both sides expressed cautious optimism in finalising it. The draft basically dealt with definitions of various issues relating to accidents.

The two sides were also expected to discuss Pakistan's proposal of an agreement on prevention of incidents at sea in order to ensure safety of naval vessels and aircraft belonging to the two sides.

Ahead of the talks, officials of both sides were optimistic that further progress could be achieved in the efforts to work out more CBMs between the two armies and reduce an accidental nuclear war.

The CBMs which were underway included flag meetings between the local commanders, avoiding of building bunkers close to the borders and speedy exchange of civilians inadvertently crossing into eachothers territory.