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Q.3260 - CTBT

December 22, 2005

RAJYA SABHA
UNSTARRED QUESTION NO. 3260
TO BE ANSWERED ON 22ND DECEMBER, 2005


3260. SHRIMATI S.G.INDIRA:

Will the PRIME MINISTER be pleased to state:

a) whether it is a fact that the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty has become irrelevant as far as India is concerned;

b) if so, whether India was under compulsion any more to comply with the terms of CTBT ; and

(c) if so, the details thereof ?

ANSWER THE MINISTER OF STATE IN THE MINISTRY OF EXTERNAL AFFAIRS (RAO INDERJIT SINGH)

(a) - (c) Article XIV of the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty (CTBT) requires that for the Treaty to Enter into Force it is necessary that all the 44 states listed in the Annex II of the Treaty sign and ratify it. India is included in this list. India has stated that it will not stand in the way of the Entry into Force of the Treaty. India is already in de facto observance of the spirit of the Treaty by maintaining the unilateral moratorium on nuclear explosive testing.



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