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28 May 1998

TEXT: NATO, RUSSIA CONDEMN INDIAN AND PAKISTANI NUCLEAR TESTS

(Joint statement urges both to refrain from further tests) (380)



Luxembourg -- The foreign ministers of the North Atlantic Treaty
Organization (NATO) countries and Russia issued a joint statement May
28 condemning India and Pakistan for their recent nuclear tests.


"We are deeply concerned and dismayed by this developing regional
nuclear arms race in South Asia, the statement said. "We urge Pakistn
and India to refrain from further tests and the deployment of nuclear
weapons or ballistic missiles, in order to prevent the escalation of
tensions and a nuclear arms race."


Following is the text of the foreign ministers' joint statement at the
NATO-Russia Permanent Joint Council meeting in Luxembourg:


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We, the NATO Allies and Russia, members of the Permanent Joint
Council, condemn the nuclear tests conducted by India and Pakistan. We
are deeply concerned and dismayed by this developing regional nuclear
arms race in South Asia.


We urge Pakistan and India to refrain from further tests and the
deployment of nuclear weapons or ballistic missiles, in order to
prevent the escalation of tensions and a nuclear arms race. It is
increasingly urgent that both India and Pakistan adhere
unconditionally to the Non-Proliferation Treaty and the Comprehensive
Test Ban Treaty and enter into negotiations on a global treaty to stop
the production of fissile material for nuclear weapons. We further
urge India and Pakistan to engage in a dialogue which addresses the
root causes of the tension between them, and to try to build
confidence, rather than seek confrontation.


The relations of India and Pakistan with each of us have been affected
negatively by these developments. We are making this clear to both
governments in our own direct exchanges and dealings with them, and we
call upon other states similarly concerned about these developments
and their impact on regional and worldwide security and stability to
make their concerns known also to the two governments.


In keeping with our commitment under the Founding Act, NATO and Russia
will continue to consult and cooperate together in an effort to
prevent the proliferation of nuclear, biological and chemical weapons
and their delivery means.


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