India has expressed deep concern over the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction and their delivery systems that could endanger peace and security, adding that the possibility of terrorists acquiring such weapons poses a grave threat to the global community. We need to work together to deal with it.
Ambassador Pankaj Sharma, India’s Permanent Representative to the Conference on Disarmament (CD) in Geneva, said that India is drawing the world’s attention to these threats and the need to strengthen international cooperation, titled through the UNGA’s annual consensus resolution. is from. Measures to prevent terrorists from acquiring weapons of mass destruction.
They said, “We are deeply concerned about the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction and their delivery systems, which endanger international peace and security. The prospect of terrorists acquiring weapons of mass destruction poses a serious threat to Member States.” We need to work together to deal with it.” General Debate of the First Committee of the 76th session of the United Nations General Assembly on Monday
He stressed that weapons in the hands of terrorists are the most dangerous form of illegal small arms and light weapons.
“Therefore, India attaches importance to the full and effective implementation of the UN PoA to combat terrorism and transnational crime,” Mr Sharma said at the first committee session, which deals with disarmament and international security issues.
As part of the Program of Action to Prevent, Combat and Eliminate Small Arms and Light Arms Trafficking in All Its Aspects (PoA), governments will seek to improve and engage in national small arms laws, import/export controls and stockpile management. agreed to be. cooperation and assistance, the United Nations said.
In 2005, they also adopted the International Tracing Instrument (ITI), which “requires states to ensure that weapons are properly marked and that records are kept. In addition, it seeks cooperation in locating weapons.” Provides a framework for the fulfillment of one of the commitments made by governments in the program of action.
Improving weapons detection is now part of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development,” the United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs said.
Mr. Sharma also said that India’s annual resolutions at the UN General Assembly, namely the “Convention on the Prohibition of the Use of Nuclear Weapons” and “Reducing the Nuclear Threat”, which have the support of most member states, have been adopted. The International Convention on the Prohibition of the Use or Threat of Nuclear Weapons consistently highlighted the need for the CD to reach agreement and take immediate steps to reduce the risk of inadvertent and accidental use of nuclear weapons, respectively.
He told the session that India remains firmly committed to the goal of universal, non-discriminatory and verifiable nuclear disarmament. India’s proposal for a step-by-step approach to the complete elimination of nuclear weapons, contained in its working paper presented at the 2007 Conference on Disarmament, calls for the Conference on Disarmament to negotiate a comprehensive nuclear weapons convention .
“As the world’s single multilateral disarmament negotiating forum, as mandated by the Special Session on Disarmament (SSOD)-1, the Disarmament Conference to agree on a comprehensive and balanced program of work and to initiate negotiations on a legally binding The requisite political will is required. Tool on the main items in your agenda,” Mr. Sharma said.
He said that India is a responsible nuclear weapon state and, in accordance with its nuclear doctrine, is committed to maintaining reliable, minimal deterrence against non-nuclear weapon states with a first-use and non-use posture.
He said that without diluting India’s priority for disarmament, New Delhi supported the immediate start of negotiations in CD of a Fissile Material Cut-Off Treaty (FMCT) based on CD/1299 and the mandate contained therein. .
According to CD/1299, the Convention on Disarmament decides to establish an ad-hoc committee on “Prohibition on the production of fissile material for nuclear weapons or other nuclear explosive devices”.
The convention directs the ad hoc committee to negotiate a non-discriminatory, multilateral and internationally and effectively verifiable treaty that prohibits the production of fissile material for nuclear weapons or other nuclear explosive devices.
India supports the full and effective implementation of the Chemical Weapons Convention and emphasizes on strengthening the OPCW to fulfill its important mandate.
Shri Sharma voices India’s support for institutional strengthening of the Biological Weapons Convention (BWC) through negotiation of a comprehensive and legally binding protocol to provide an effective, universal and non-discriminatory verification mechanism for BWCs .
“India supports efforts to improve the effectiveness of BWC and strengthen its implementation and universalisation,” he said.
“As we approach the Ninth Review Conference of the BWC in 2022, States Parties have a significant responsibility to work together, to build convergence and achieve tangible results that will span the next five-year inter-sessional period and beyond. Will determine the focus of the work.” he said.
Shri Sharma said that India is aware of the need to enhance international cooperation and promote peaceful uses of science and technology through technology transfer, information sharing and exchange of tools and materials.
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