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India: Statement by Coalition for Nuclear Disarmament and Peace [8 Sept, 2003]

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  • Harsh Kapoor
    Date: Mon, 08 Sep 2003 22:07:16 +0500 From: ACHIN VANAIK Subject: cndp statement PRESS RELEASE The Coalition for Nuclear Disarmament
    Message 1 of 1 , Sep 8, 2003
      Date: Mon, 08 Sep 2003 22:07:16 +0500
      From: ACHIN VANAIK <pamela@...>
      Subject: cndp statement

      PRESS RELEASE

      The Coalition for Nuclear Disarmament and Peace (CNDP), India notes with
      deepest concern that the Government of India led by the BJP has chosen to
      further aggravate its original sin committed in Pokhran in May 1998. In
      its first meeting earlier this month, the Nuclear Command Authority (NCA)
      chaired by the Prime Minister decided to further "consolidate India's
      nuclear deterrent". This can only have spine-chilling consequences for the
      region. It is no mere coincidence that Pakistan's President in turn
      chaired a meeting of its National Command Authority only two days afterwards,
      similar to the way Chagai had followed Pokharan, and announced that
      Pakistan would "keep upgrading its arsenal in order to maintain its
      minimum deterrent capability".

      The falsity of the claim of "security" and "stability" through nuclear
      weapons stands fully exposed by the Kargil War in Summer 1999, and the
      long and dangerous period in 2002-3 of full-scale military mobilisation and the
      practice of "nuclear brinkmanship" by both India and Pakistan. Given the
      abysmal safety record of both militaries a catastrophic nuclear exchange
      by unintended accident can never be ruled out. We urge the governments of
      India and Pakistan to desist from pushing ahead towards open deployment
      and instead work jointly for denuclearisation of the region and for a nuclear
      weapons free world. The search for "security" and "supremacy" through
      nuclear weapons can only lead to unimaginable disaster.

      J. Sriraman
      Amarjit Kaur
      (On Behalf of the CNDP)

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