India at United Nations has expressed the deep concern over the rapid build-up of weapons of mass destruction and their delivery systems that could endanger peace and security of the world.
It said that the possibility of terrorists acquiring such weapons call for the world community to work together to address this grave danger.
The Permanent Representative of India, Ambassador Pankaj Sharma to the Conference on Disarmament (CD), Geneva, said that India has been highlighting towards these threats to the world and the want of strengthening the worldwide cooperation to address these threats via its annual consensus UNGA resolution titled ‘Measures to prevent terrorists from acquiring weapons of mass destruction’.
Pankaj Sharma said at the General Debate of the First Committee of the 76th Session of the United Nations General Assembly on October 4, “We are deeply concerned about the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction and their delivery systems, which endangers international peace and security."
He said, "The possibility of terrorists acquiring weapons of mass destruction necessitates Member States to work together to address this grave danger.”
Sharma said at the session of the First Committee that deals with disarmament and international security issues that India values the full and effective implementation of the Uinted Nations PoA as a means to counter terrorism and transnational crime.
UN also embraces the International Tracing Instrument (ITI) in 2005 that requires governments across the world to ensure that weapons are properly marked and records are kept.
The UN Office For Disarmament Affairs said, “Improving weapons tracing is now part of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.”
He added that this enjoy the support of the majority of the Member States have consistently underlined the need for the CD to start negotiations to reach agreement on a world convention that prohibits the use or threat of use of nuclear weapons and the immediate steps to reduce the risks of unintentional and accidental use of nuclear weapons, respectively.
Sharma told the UN session that India is strongly committed to the goal of global, non-discriminatory and verifiable nuclear disarmament.
He told UN about the step-by-step approach of India for the complete elimination of nuclear weapons, contained in its Working Paper whuch was submitted to the CD in 2007, calls on the CD to initiate the negotiation on Comprehensive Nuclear Weapons Convention.
Pankaj Sharma added,"World’s single multilateral disarmament negotiating forum, as instructed by the Special Session on Disarmament -1, the CD needs the requisite political will to agree on a broad and balanced programme of work and to initiate the negotiations on a legal binding instruments on the core items on its agenda."
Pankaj said India is a responsible nuclear weapon country and is committed as per its nuclear doctrine, to maintain credible and minimum intimidation with the attitude of no-first use and non-use against non-nuclear weapon countries.
Pankaj Sharma further stated that without reducing the priority thar India attaches to disarmament, the national capital, Delhi has supported the immediate start of negotiations in the Conference on Disarmament of a Fissile Material Cut-off Treaty (FMCT) based on CD/1299 and the instruction contained in it.
As per the CD/1299, the CD decides to establish an a
Ad Hoc Committee on a "ban on 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 stresses on the strengthening of the OPCW to fulfill its important instruction.
Sharma has even voiced the support of India for the institutional strengthening of the Biological Weapons Convention (BWC).
Sharma further said that “As we approach the Ninth Review Conference of the BWC in 2022, States Parties have the important responsibility to work together, build convergences and achieve tangible outcomes that will determine the focus of work for the next five-year inter sessional period and beyond."
The Permanent Representative of India also said that India is aware of the need for imporove global cooperation and for promotion of peaceful uses of science and technology via technology transfer, exchange of information, equipment and materials.