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India for international convention for prohibition of N-weapons' use

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 the humanity.

india Updated: Feb 07, 2009 10:06 IST

Addressing 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 disarmament, reflecting the passionate advocacy of nuclear disarmament of its first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru.

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

First Published: Feb 07, 2009 10:04 IST