Statement by Ms. Tehmina Janjua, Deputy Permanent Representative at the Informal Meeting on Nuclear Disarmament, Geneva, 9 February 2009

Mr. Coordinator,

We thank Chile for graciously accepting the task of steering informal discussions on nuclear disarmament. We commend you for assuming this challenging responsibility.

We associate ourselves with the G-21 statement delivered by Ambassador Idriss Jazairy of Algeria.

Mr. Coordinator,

In all the CD debates, both formal and informal, Pakistan has clearly stated its position on what nuclear disarmament is and how it should be achieved? I would like to underscore the following elements in regard:

Pakistan, in its national capacity as well as part of G-21, has always emphasized that nuclear disarmament remains our highest priority. The Group has also provided a clear roadmap in this regard. The G-21, in its proposal contained in CD/1571, has proposed the establishment of an ad hoc committee under agenda item 1 to start negotiations on a phased programme for the complete elimination of nuclear weapons within a specified framework of time, including a nuclear weapons convention. 

Pakistan is fully committed to the goal of general and complete disarmament and will continue to strive for it. We believe that both nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation are important to international peace and security. Their simultaneous pursuit alone can erect effective barriers against risks of proliferation and acquisition of nuclear technology by terrorists. Vertical proliferation, or improvement in nuclear weapon systems, compounds uncertainties and instabilities, and spurs new strategic competitions.

Pakistan would like to reiterate its proposals to realize the objective of general and complete disarmament. These are:

Mr. Coordinator,

This will be the fourth consecutive CD session to debate this important issue. In your personal report presented to the CD Presidents of 2008, after the two informal sessions held last year, you had noted that “all delegations consider Nuclear Disarmament to be an objective of primary importance”. In the appendix attached to your report, a number of proposals have been listed. The most common, central and overarching proposal is the commencement of negotiation of a nuclear weapons convention.

We need to move from informal to formal settings and from the discussion mode to a negotiation mode. That is the only way we can realize the goal of a world free of nuclear weapons.

It is imperative that we adopt a balanced and comprehensive programme of work on all core issues. The Conference on Disarmament should establish ad hoc committees to undertake these negotiations.

I thank you, Mr. Coordinator.