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Pakistan, India hold talks on nuclear CBMs

29 December, 2012

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan and India on Friday focused on the existing nuclear CBMs, but also held discussions on possibilities of additional mutually acceptable measures, officials said.

According to Foreign Office Spokesman Moazzam Khan, 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 was held in New Delhi. The Pakistani delegation to the talks was led by Ministry of Foreign Affairs Additional Secretary Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry, while the Indian delegation was headed by Ministry of External Affairs Joint Secretary DB Venkatesh Varma.

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. Both sides reviewed 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.

The two sides will report progress made in the talks to their respective foreign secretaries. The two countries engaged in talks on conventional as well as non-conventional weapons. In the Sixth Round of Expert Level Talks on Conventional CBMs between India and Pakistan on Thursday in New Delhi, the two sides reviewed the implementation of existing CBMs, including the ceasefire along the LoC, and exchanged ideas to further advance the CBM process and reaffirmed their commitment to continue discussions with the aim of strengthening conventional CBMs.

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