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Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty

Volume 401: debated on Tuesday 18 March 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what action Her Majesty's Government has taken to encourage (a) Israel, (b) India and (c) Pakistan to sign the nuclear Non Proliferation Treaty; and if he will make a statement. [103381]

We have regular dialogue on non-proliferation issues with all three states. The issue of their non-signature of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) forms an integral part of that dialogue.The United Kingdom supports the implementation of UN Security Council Resolution 1172 which calls, among other things, for India and Pakistan to sign and ratify NPT.We also take all opportunities to urge Israel to resolve international concerns about its nuclear status by acceding to the NPT as a non-nuclear weapons state and have consistently supported resolutions in the United Nations calling for the establishment of a zone free of weapons of mass destruction in the Middle East.