Confidence Building Measures
Pakistan and India recently concluded the sixth level of bilateral talks focusing on ‘Reducing the Risk from Accidents Relating to Nuclear Weapons,’ for the next five years. The expert-led talks served as the first round of the Joint Working Group of South Asia, revived during the SAARC summit two months ago in the Maldives.
The delegations discussed Confidence Building Measures (CBMS) relating to their respective nuclear weapons and also agreed to cooperate on further CBMS. During the talks, both sides discussed the possibility of mutually expanding the agreement on advance notification of ballistic missiles. The two nuclear armed countries, key players in the South Asian region, also discussed measures to avoid a Fukushima-like crisis that recently occurred in Japan.
Apart from reaching an agreement on nuclear assets, redeployment of heavy machinery on the LOC, prevention of incidents at sea and the return of citizens who inadvertently cross the border were also discussed.