Pakistan believes that control measures to address risks of Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) acquisition should not hinder the legitimate quest of the developing countries to access and use strategic materials and technologies for peaceful purposes, Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Syed Tarqi Fatemi said. Pakistan therefore, advocates the need for striking a right balance between the imperatives of security and development, Tariq Fatemi said in his concluding remarks in the regional seminar on UN Security Council Resolution 1540, held here Wednesday.
Developing countries with the requisite advanced capacities, should be afforded an equal opportunity, for participation in the governance of international export control regime, he added. For over four decades, he said, Pakistan has developed the necessary expertise and possesses the right qualifications, to join the export control bodies.
“We have therefore, sought membership of the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG), as a mutually beneficial proposition, and as a contribution to the larger goal of non-proliferation”, he argued. The Group is reviewing the legal, technical and political aspects of membership of non-NPT countries. Pakistan believes that the NSG should develop and decide on a credible, transparent and non-discriminatory criteria, so that membership applications of non-NPT states are treated at par.
In pursuing global non-proliferation objectives, and promoting regional as well as international security, he asserted, Pakistan is a strong, capable and committed partner. The dissemination of and advances in technologies as well as international trade, accompanied by risks of their unauthorized access, requires continued vigilance and collaborative efforts. Pakistan’s constructive engagement with and contribution to the Nuclear Security Summit process, the Global Initiative to Combat Nuclear Terrorism, OPCW, IAEA, the United Nations demonstrates our commitment towards advancement of non-proliferation goals, he said.
The two day deliberations were designed to provide a platform for deliberations, sharing of experiences and developing ideas for collaboration. “I hope the seminar has been a worthwhile experience for both our guests from abroad and local officials, academia and think tanks”. Resolution 1540 and its successor incarnations have played an important role in raising awareness about the risks of misuse of weapons of mass destruction, their means of delivery and related materials, he said.