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India for global ban on N-weapons

world Updated: Feb 08, 2009 00:17 IST
MK Narayanan

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 MK Narayanan underlined that India has been, and still remains, a strong and unwavering advocate of global verifiable and non-discriminatory nuclear disarmament.

“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 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.

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.

The other proposals include reaffirmation of unequivocal commitment by all nuclear weapon States to the complete elimination of nuclear weapons; reduction of the salience of nuclear weapons in security doctrines; reduction of nuclear danger, including the risk of accidental nuclear war, by de-alerting nuclear-weapons to prevent unintentional or accidental use of nuclear weapons.

Narayanan advocated the need for a global agreement among nuclear weapons States on ‘no-first-use’ and negotiating an agreement on non-use of nuclear weapons against non-nuclear weapon States.