Statement by Ambassador Masood Khan, Permanent Representative of Pakistan at the 2013 Substantive Session of the United Nations Disarmament Commission (New York,01 April 2013)

Mr. Chairman,

We congratulate you on your election as Chairman of the Commission this year. We also commend the efforts of Ambassador Enrique Roman-Moray as the departing Chairman. On behalf of the Pakistan delegation, I assure you and the newly elected Bureau of our full support and cooperation.

We associate ourselves with the statement made by Indonesia on behalf of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM).

We have also heard an important substantive statement from High Representative Angela Kane that will guide our deliberations.

Mr. Chairman,

The Commission proceedings are taking place against a turbulent global security backdrop. Old regional conflicts continue to fester, as new ones flare up. There are also signs of growing global tensions and confrontation.

This complex global political landscape has had a negative impact on the nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation regime. Differences on perspectives, approaches and modalities persist.

The hostile use of cyber and other emerging technologies are worrying trends.

Mr. Chairman,

This Commission holds immense promise to meet some of the complex contemporary challenges. The UNDC has successfully produced several useful guidelines and CBMs, which later laid the foundation for regional and global instruments. It can and should be enabled to play its deliberative role to harmonize the differences among Member States.

For several years now, Pakistan has called for evolving a new consensus on disarmament and non-proliferation with a view to reconciling the diversity in perspectives.

I outline some of the issues which this Commission could consider:

Mr. Chairman,

In the area of conventional weapons, it is essential to address the issues of their excessive production and sales, as well as their reduction in a comprehensive and balanced manner. States motivations for acquisition of arms for security needs cannot be separated from arms-production-and-sale that are driven by profit and political considerations.

It is also important to make concerted efforts for balanced reduction of armed forces and conventional armaments. As laid down in the Final Document of SSOD-I, these negotiations should be conducted with particular emphasis on militarily significant states. The increase in the number of conventional weapons as well as their growing sophistication have a direct causal relationship with the continuing reliance on nuclear weapons.

The recent lack of consensus on the Arms Trade Treaty negotiations reminds us of the principle of SSOD-I which enunciates that “The adoption of disarmament measures should take place in such an equitable and balanced manner as to ensure the right of each State to security and to ensure that no individual State or group of States may obtain advantages over others at any stage.”

Mr. Chairman,

Some points, from Pakistan’s policy on nuclear and conventional arms issues:

Mr. Chairman,

To conclude, we express our full support for the call of NAM countries to convene the Fourth Special Session on Disarmament (SSOD-IV) as a means to revive the consensus on achieving the agreed goals of nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation.

Thank you.