“India has supported the proposal put forward by the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) for the Conference on Disarmament to commence negotiations on a Comprehensive Nuclear Weapons Convention,” he said.
Varma also urged the starting of negotiations on a Fissile Material Cutoff Treaty (FMCT) in the Conference on Disarmament. Negotiations on the treaty that would ban the production of fissile material for nuclear weapons has made no progress since it was proposed in 1993.
Pakistan, meanwhile, used the UNDC forum to attack India's inclusion in the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG), which controls trade in nuclear equipment and materials. Without directly mentioning India or the NSG, Pakistan's Permanent Representative Maleeha Lodhi said: “Many states continue to pursue policies of granting waivers and exemptions from long held non-proliferation principles, thus contributing to insecurity and imbalances in certain regions -- especially South Asia.”
Indonesia's Permanent Representative Desra Percaya, speaking on behalf of NAM, said that till a comprehensive nuclear disarmament became a reality, nuclear weapon states should provide unconditional and legally-binding guarantees to non-nuclear weapon states that there would be no use or threat of use of atomic armaments.