Following is the text of Secretary-General Kofi Annan's statement issued today regarding Pakistan's nuclear tests:
I deplore both the Indian and the Pakistani tests. They exacerbate tension in an already difficult relationship.
I call on both Governments to sign the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT). They might also sign a no-first-use pledge with each other.
Finally, both nations should freeze their nuclear weapons development programmes. The number of nuclear weapons should decrease, not increase.
As we approach the new century, we should be asking how best to preserve life, culture and civilization, not how to become more destructive.
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