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Joint Statement on India-Pakistan expert-level dialogue on Nuclear Confidence Building Measures (CBMs)

October 19, 2007

The fifth round of India-Pakistan expert-level talks on nuclear and missiles related CBMs, begun in June 2004 as part of the Composite Dialogue process, was held in New Delhi on 19 October 2007. Shri K. C. Singh, Additional Secretary (International Organizations), Ministry of External Affairs led the Indian side while the Pakistan delegation was led by Mr. Khalid Aziz Babar, Additional Secretary (UN&EC), Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Discussions focused on a review of the implementation of existing agreements on CBMs and on disarmament and non-proliferation related issues of mutual interest in multilateral forums as provided for in the Lahore Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) of 1999. They were held in a cordial and constructive atmosphere. The two sides agreed to meet in Islamabad next to carry forward the dialogue and the process of confidence-building in the nuclear and missile area.

New Delhi
October 19, 2007.

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