Ger­many backs In­dia’s in­clu­sion in NSG

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Strongly pitch­ing for In­dia’s in­clu­sion in the Nu­clear Sup­pli­ers Group (NSG), Ger­many on Mon­day said the global ex­port con­trol sys­tem would ben­e­fit a lot from New Delhi’s par­tic­i­pa­tion in all its four regimes.

Out of the four ex­port con­trol regimes that work to keep pro­lif­er­a­tion of weapons of mass de­struc­tion (WMD) in check, In­dia is a mem­ber of the mis­sile tech­nol­ogy con­trol regime (MTCR), the Wasse­naar Ar­range­ment and the Aus­tralia Group.

In­dia’s mem­ber­ship to the 48-mem­ber NSG is be­ing pri­mar­ily op­posed by China on the pre­text that it is not a sig­na­tory to the Non-Pro­lif­er­a­tion Treaty (NPT). “Ger­many has strongly sup­ported In­dia in its ef­forts to be­come a mem­ber of the ex­port con­trol regimes just as we con­tinue to strongly sup­port In­dia’s mem­ber­ship in the Nu­clear Sup­pli­ers Group,” Jasper Wieck, the deputy head of the Ger­man mis­sion here, said.

“We are con­vinced that the global ex­port con­trol sys­tem will ben­e­fit a lot from In­dia’s par­tic­i­pa­tion in all four regimes,” he said while speak­ing at the in­au­gu­ral ses­sion of In­dia-Wiess­baden Con­fer­ence

2018, or­gan­ised jointly by the Min­istry of Ex­ter­nal Af­fairs in co­op­er­a­tion with Ger­many and the United Na­tions Of­fice for Dis­ar­ma­ment Af­fairs.

Rep­re­sen­ta­tives from the gov­ern­ment and in­dus­try of 39 coun­tries, as well as ex­perts from the UNSC 1540 Com­mit­tee and UN Of­fice for Dis­ar­ma­ment Af­fairs in New York, are par­tic­i­pat­ing at the two-day con­fer­ence ti­tled ‘Se­cur­ing global sup­ply chains through gov­ern­ment-in­dus­try part­ner­ships to­wards ef­fec­tive im­ple­men­ta­tion of UNSC Res­o­lu­tion 1540’ The UN Se­cu­rity Coun­cil Res­o­lu­tion 1540 (2004) es­tab­lishes legally bind­ing obli­ga­tions on all states to adopt and en­force ap­pro­pri­ate and ef­fec­tive mea­sures to pre­vent the pro­lif­er­a­tion of nu­clear, chem­i­cal, and bi­o­log­i­cal weapons and their de­liv­ery sys­tems to non-state ac­tors. It re­quires, there­fore that coun­tries im­ple­ment ap­pro­pri­ate and ef­fec­tive mea­sures to pre­vent non­state ac­tors such as ter­ror­ists, from ob­tain­ing ac­cess to WMDs. “We con­sider this ini­tia­tive (the con­fer­ence) as yet an­other ex­am­ple of In­dia’s en­gage­ment with re­gards to in­ter­na­tional co­op­er­a­tion in the ar­eas of ex­port con­trols,” Wieck said.

In­dia’s mem­ber­ship to the 48mem­ber NSG is be- ing op­posed by China on the pre­text that it is not a sig­na­tory to NPT

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