India, Pak sign nuclear-risk reduction pact

India, Pak sign nuclear-risk reduction pact
PTI
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First Published: Thu, Feb 22 2007. 01 11 AM IST
Updated: Thu, Feb 22 2007. 01 11 AM IST
New Delhi: In a major confidence-building measure, India and Pakistan signed an agreement to reduce the risk from accidental use of nuclear weapons.
The agreement on Reducing the Risk from Accidents relating to Nuclear Weapons was signed by K.C. Singh, additional secretary in external affairs ministry and his Pakistani counterpart Tariq Osman Hyder.
The agreement was signed after a Joint Commission meeting co-chaired by external affairs minister Pranab Mukherjee and his Pakistani counterpart Khurshid M. Kasuri. An understanding on signing the pact was reached during the foreign secretary-level talks here on 14 November and it was endorsed at a meeting between the foreign ministers in Islamabad on January 13. In a related development, the two countries also decided to cooperate in tackling common health problems, including polio and bird flu.
The Working Group under the Indo-Pak Joint Commission decided that apart from cooperating in controlling polio and managing avian influenza, public-private partnership in healthcare and family welfare will also be taken up. The other areas that were identified by the working group was health-related intellectual property rights, capacity building in health sector and administrative structures relating to drugs and pharmaceuticals in the two countries and traditional systems of medicine.The Working Group under the Indo-Pak Joint Commission decided that apart from cooperating in controlling polio and managing avian influenza, public-private partnership in healthcare and family welfare will also be taken up. The other areas that were identified by the working group was health-related intellectual property rights, capacity building in health sector and administrative structures relating to drugs and pharmaceuticals in the two countries and traditional systems of medicine.The working group on environment discussed the decline in vulture population, conservation of migratory water birds and developing a clear development mechanism.They also decided to cooperate in establishing Botanical Gardens in Pakistan.
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First Published: Thu, Feb 22 2007. 01 11 AM IST