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Khurshid to lead team to Nuclear Security Summit

Indian officials will spend the next few days with Khurshid, so that he can respond as per India’s stated commitment on nuclear issues.

New Delhi |
March 19, 2014 2:38:19 am

An Indian delegation led by External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid, along with 50 leaders from major countries, will participate in the “nuclear war games” session at the Nuclear Security Summit (NSS) in The Hague on March 24-25.

Sources said a new module has been introduced in the summit to be attended by world leaders including US President Barack Obama in which “fictional nuclear security threat scenarios” will be presented, and leaders will discuss their choices. This is the first time such a session is being held and leaders from 53 countries and 4 international bodies will take part.

This will be part of the “informal leaders-only” session of future-oriented strategy to counter nuclear terrorism and trafficking of nuclear material, sources said. Indian officials will spend the next few days with Khurshid, so that he can respond as per India’s stated commitment on nuclear issues.

India will also focus on “gaps” in international nuclear security legal framework and emphasize on the need for member countries to be party to its conventions including Suppression of Acts of Nuclear Terrorism.

India will reiterate its concerns on nuclear terrorism and breach of nuclear technology security at the third Nuclear Security Summit. “Our approach would be to focus on some pending work e.g there are still gaps in the international nuclear security legal architecture. A number of NSS countries are still not party to 2005 amendments to the Convention of Physical Protection of Nuclear Material,” senior government officials said here.

The other areas of focus will be greater tactical cooperation in combating trafficking of nuclear material and cooperation in sharing of best practices and technologies.

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