All countries should join global disarmament efforts: G-8

All countries, particularly those possessing nuclear weapons, should join disarmament efforts.

Updated: Jun 27, 2010, 20:10 PM IST

Toronto: All countries, particularly
those possessing nuclear weapons, should join disarmament
efforts to promote global stability and undiminished security,
a powerful grouping of eight developed nations said on Sunday.

In a joint declaration after hectic deliberations, the
G-8 countries said the group was committed to a safer world
for all and to create conditions for a world without nuclear
weapons, in accordance with the goals of the Nuclear
Non-Proliferation Treaty.

"We call upon all other states, in particular those
possessing nuclear weapons, to join these disarmament efforts,
in order to promote international stability and undiminished
security for all," the joint declaration said, apparently
referring to countries like India, Pakistan and Israel.

"We cannot be complacent about the grave threat posed
to the security of present and future generations by the
proliferation of nuclear weapons. We therefore welcome the
outcome of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty Review
Conference," it said, adding "and will pursue the follow on
actions it recommended by consensus."

The US, UK, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Canada and
Russia are members of the G-8.

The joint declaration also expressed concern over the
possibility of nuclear weapons falling into the hands of
non-state actors like Taliban and al Qaeda.

"We face a new era of threats from non-state actors,
particularly terrorists, who seek to acquire weapons of mass
destruction and related technology and materials. The
consequences of failing to prevent this could be severe," it
warned.

"We reaffirm our commitment to work together for our
shared security, including fulfilment of the commitments we
made at the Washington Nuclear Security Summit, especially to
work cooperatively to secure all vulnerable nuclear material
in four years," it added.

The declaration also urged all states to take and
support resolute action to address non-compliance with the
Treaty`s non-proliferation obligations, including safeguards
obligations.

"We call upon states that have not yet done so to
conclude a Comprehensive Safeguards Agreement with the
International Atomic Energy Agency, together with an
Additional Protocol, which will become the new universally
accepted standard for the verification of peaceful uses of
nuclear energy," he added.

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