28 October, 2020

Is There Any Freedom Of Choice?

Is There Any Freedom Of Choice?

THE final draft of the CTBT will be submitted to the United Nations Committee on Disarmament in Geneva on or about June 28 for endorsement. Ironically it is Pakistan's Permanent Representative to UN offices in Geneva, Munir Akram, who will be presiding over this session of the Conference on Disarmament. "Ironically", because he represents a country which has repeatedly articulated an assertive nuclear weaponisation stance. On all counts, the Treaty will be endorsed by CD and remitted to the Secretary General of the United Nations for completing procedures of Member States of the United Nations signing this agreement.

What are India's options? (1) India could sign the treaty despite its reservations and be part of international mainstream orientation of non-proliferation. (2) India could attempt blocking the treaty by objecting to a consensus being declared on the draft in the final sessions of the CD considering the draft. (3) India could refuse to sign the treaty but not block its adoption and implementation. (4) India could withdraw from the negotiations...



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