Wednesday, 2 November 2016

India abstains from voting on nuclear arms ban at UN

A UN General Assembly committee has adopted a resolution to launch negotiations next year on a new treaty outlawing nuclear weapons, even as India abstained saying it is not convinced the move can lead to a comprehensive instrument on nuclear disarmament. The General Assembly’s First Committee, which deals with disarmament and international security, adopted the draft resolution on nuclear disarmament
negotiations. Through the resolution, the General Assembly would reiterate that the universal objective of taking forward multilateral nuclear disarmament negotiations remains the achievement and maintenance of a world without nuclear weapons. The resolution emphasises the importance of addressing issues related to nuclear weapons in a comprehensive, inclusive, interactive and constructive manner, for the advancement of multilateral nuclear disarmament negotiations.
It also decided to convene a United Nations conference in 2017 to negotiate a legally binding instrument to prohibit nuclear weapons, leading towards their total elimination.
The resolution was adopted with 123 votes in favour, 38 against and 16 abstentions.
India attaches the highest priority to nuclear disarmament and shares with the co-sponsors the widely felt frustration that the international community has not been able to take forward multilateral nuclear disarmament negotiations.
We also share the deep concern about the catastrophic humanitarian consequences of any use of nuclear weapons
India has asserted that there is no question of it joining the Non-Proliferation Treaty as a non-nuclear weapon State.

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