India, Pak focus on review of implementation, strengthening of existing CBMs

Last Updated: Fri, Dec 28, 2012 11:40 hrs

India and Pakistan on Friday reviewed the working of existing agreements on 'Pre-Notification of Flight Tests of Ballistic Missiles' and 'Reducing the Risk from Accidents' relating to nuclear weapons and expressed satisfaction that the latter was extended for a further five year period from February 2012.

During the seventh round of expert level talks on Nuclear CBMs that was held here today, the two sides decided that they report progress made in the talks to their respective Foreign Secretaries.

The talks, which were held in a cordial and constructive atmosphere, focused on review of implementation and strengthening of existing CBMs in the framework of the Lahore MoU, as well as possibilities for mutually acceptable additional CBMs.

The Pakistani delegation to the talks was led by Additional Secretary (UN and EC), Ministry of Foreign Affairs Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry. The Indian delegation was led by Joint Secretary (Disarmament and International Security Affairs), in the Ministry of External Affairs D.B. Venkatesh Varma.

Pursuant to the agreement between the Foreign Ministers of India and Pakistan during their meeting on September 8, 2012 in Islamabad, the seventh round of expert level talks on nuclear CBMs that was held here today. (ANI)

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