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India/Pakistan (Nuclear Weapons)

Volume 407: debated on Monday 23 June 2003

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To ask the Prime Minister (1) what matters in respect of nuclear weapons were discussed in his meeting with India's Deputy Prime Minister Advani on 16 June; and whether he pressed for India to sign the nuclear non-proliferation treaty; [120784](2) what matters in respect of nuclear weapons were discussed in his meeting with President Musharraf of Pakistan on 17 June; and whether he pressed for Pakistan to sign the nuclear non-proliferation treaty. [120785]

I discussed with President Musharraf the issue of WMD proliferation.Although I did not raise this issue on this occasion with Deputy Prime Minister Avani, both the Indian and Pakistani Governments are aware of our continuing support for UN Security Council Resolution 1172 which calls upon both countries to accede to both the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty immediately and without conditions. We regularly press both countries to abide by all the obligations placed upon them by this Resolution.