UN's nuclear disarmament conference may sink over Pakistan's reluctance: Ban-ki Moon

Islamabad maintains it will not enter any nuclear negotiations which tip the balance of power in India's favour.


Afp January 24, 2012

GENEVA: UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon warned on Tuesday that the UN Conference on Disarmament could fail because of a three-year stalemate over Pakistan's reluctance to discuss nuclear power.

"Today, this distinguished body is no longer living up to expectations," Ban said at the first of three public sessions scheduled this year, in a speech read out by the top UN official in Geneva, Kassym-Jomart Tokayev.

"The tide of disarmament is rising, yet the Conference on Disarmament is in danger of sinking," Ban warned the delegates from 65 countries. "Let us restore the conference to the central role it can and must play in strengthening the rule of law in the field of disarmament."

The UN chief lamented that the practice of deciding by consensus "is currently used as a de facto veto power to stall every attempt to break the impasse."

"The future of the conference is in the hands of member states," Ban said, urging the immediate start of nuclear negotiations.

Citing national security, Pakistan has since May 2009 balked at implementing a work programme established by the UN conference, blocking the resumption of nuclear talks.

Taking advantage of a new climate established by US President Barack Obama, the conference emerged in May 2009 from 12 years of obscurity, adopting for the first time since 1996 a programme of negotiations on fissile materials and weapons.

Since then the reluctance of Pakistan to accept a possible treaty banning the production of fissile material for nuclear weapons has prevented the conference moving forward.

In recent years authorities in Islamabad said they did not wish to enter into negotiations on a treaty which they say endorses an "asymmetry" of nuclear power between Pakistan and its arch-rival India.

The council ends its first session of this year on March 30.

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aka | 8 years ago | Reply | Recommend

when young country get there freedom and there neighber tell them enjoy ur freedom for 6 months and u be are ,better or no better we still here is 60 years ,60 years is nothing by friend when we was sepret from india we have only one factorey ,we have lot to see and we servive and we will,pakisatn is a young country.for give my spelling iam not that good at it.that why we are speding more money to r defence,any thing happen to india or us or eu ,pakistan did it.we have long way to go.and we have to see hard time,DO NOT COMPAIRE PAKISAN TO INDIA.WHOLE WORLD STAND W/INDIA AND WE ARE ALONE,BUT WE ARE SEVIVAL AND ALLAH WANT WE WILL.

Abbasi | 8 years ago | Reply | Recommend

When it comes to nuclear disarmament, the first issue to be considered the root cause of making bomb. I think between India and Pakistan the root cause of the conflict is Kashmir. I would candidly say that Mr. Ban Ki Moon should emphasize more to implement the UN resolution on Kashmire rather calling only Pakistan to agree to disarmament. When Pakistan and India will settle the dispute peacefully then he should try to solve India and China issue and slowly and gradually should convince US and other international players to start disarmament including Israel, of course after implementing the UN resolution on Phalistine. This unilateral calling for disarmament will not bear any fruit instead it will be just a wastage of time to discuss an issue which will not have any result.

Why not every country start respecting others existence and implement the only two pending UN resolutions one on Kashmire and other on Phalistine. Its completly unjust not to implement the UN resolutions which are concerning the Muslims and implement all others which are concerning Christians or any other religion.

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