India voted against UN draft resolution on NPT

Oct 31, 2014 18:39 IST

India on 31 October 2014 voted against the provisions of UN draft resolution that called on all those countries including India that have not joined the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) to accede to it as non-nuclear weapon states.

India also rejected the provision which stressed on fundamental role of NPT in achieving nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation and urged India, Israel and Pakistan to accede promptly to NPT as non-nuclear weapon state and place all their nuclear facility under IAEA safeguards.

However, India abstained from voting on the provision that reiterated the immediate start of negotiations in the Conference on Disarmament on a treaty banning the production of fissile material for nuclear weapons.

India also abstained from voting on a provision that would have the Assembly stress the importance of the universalisation of the IAEA safeguard agreements to include states which had not yet adopted and implemented such an agreement.

India’s stand

India rejected the provision saying that there is no question of it acceding to the NPT as a non-nuclear weapon state. It further said that nuclear weapons are an integral part of national security of India and will remain so, pending non- discriminatory and global nuclear disarmament.

India said it remains committed to the goal of complete elimination of nuclear arms and continued to support a time-bound programme for global, verifiable and non-discriminatory nuclear disarmament.

Other countries rejecting the provisions of UN draft resolution on NPT

The provision asking the countries to accede to NPT as non-nuclear weapon state was also rejected by Democratic People's Republic of Korea and Israel though the provision was retained by 164 in favour.

The provision stressing on fundamental role of NPT and universally placing the nuclear facility under IAEA safeguards was also rejected by Israel, the US and Pakistan though it was retained by a recorded vote of 163 in favour.

Another provision reiterating the immediate start of negotiations in the Conference on Disarmament was retained by a recorded vote of 166 in favour to two against while India, Iran, Israel, Democratic People's Republic of Korea abstained.

The UN draft resolution on NPT

The draft resolution titled Towards a nuclear weapon-free world: accelerating the implementation of nuclear disarmament commitments was presented by the First Committee of the 193-member UN General Assembly that deals with disarmament and international security issues.

The draft resolution as a whole was approved by 166 countries and seven countries Korea, France, India, Israel, Russian Federation, the UK and the US against it.

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