India, Pakistan review nuclear confidence-building measures

Last Updated: Fri, Dec 28, 2012 12:30 hrs

New Delhi, Dec 28 (IANS) India and Pakistan, the two nuclear-armed neighbours, Friday reviewed the implementation of a host of nuclear confidence-building measures and agreed to explore additional such measures in the sector.

India and Pakistan held delegation-level talks in a cordial and constructive atmosphere, the external affairs ministry said here.

During the talks, the Indian delegation was led by D.B. Venkatesh Varma, joint secretary (disarmament and international security affairs) in the external affairs ministry, while the Pakistani delegation was led by Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry, additional secretary (UN&EC) in the ministry of foreign affairs.

"The talks 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," a joint statement said after the talks.

The two sides spent some time discussing the working of existing agreements on pre-notification of flight tests of ballistic missiles and reducing the risk from accidents relating to nuclear weapons. The accord on nuclear accidents was extended for another five-year period from February 2012.

The two sides will report progress made in the talks to their respective foreign secretaries.

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