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Pakistan-India Nuclear Agreement Another Step in Reducing Danger of War

Friday, March 9, 2007

The signing last month of the India-Pakistan "Agreement on Reducing the Risk from Accidents Relating to Nuclear Weapons" represents an essential next step in the security normalization process between the two countries. The accord, signed on Feb. 22 in New Delhi, culminated three years of general discussions and several months of detailed drafting sessions.

Although differences persist regarding the status of Kashmir and other issues, the governments of India and Pakistan have adopted several confidence-building measures in recent years. This reconciliation process began in December 1988 with an agreement that prohibits either country from attacking the other's nuclear installations and facilities. The two parties subsequently began to notify each other of the locations of these sites at the beginning of each year. ...

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