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India – Pakistan Joint Declaration on the Complete Prohibition of Chemical Weapons

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August 19, 1992, New Delhi 

The Government of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan and the
Government of the Republic of India, reaffirming their commitment to durable
peace and the development of friendly and harmonious relations; conscious of
the role of confidence building measures in promoting such bilateral relations
based on mutual trust and goodwill; recognizing that disarmament agreements
constitute an important confidence building measure; reaffirming their
respective unilateral declarations of non-possession of chemical weapons;
convinced that a complete and effective prohibition of chemical weapons will
contribute to the security of all States; reaffirming their respective
commitment to the Protocol for Prohibition of the Use in War of Asphyxiating,
Poisonous or Other Gases, and of Bacteriological Methods of Warfare, signed in
Geneva on 17 June 1925 and recalling the relevant resolutions of the General
Assembly upholding the validity of the 1925 Geneva Protocol; reiterating the
need for the early conclusion within the framework of the Conference on Disarmament
of a global convention for the complete and effective prohibition of the development,
production, stockpiling and use of chemical weapons and their destruction.
Hereby declare that: 

1. They undertake never under any circumstances:

a) to develop, produce or otherwise
acquire chemical weapons;

b) to use chemical weapons;

c) to assist, encourage or induce,
in any way, anyone to engage in development, production, acquisition,
stockpiling or use of chemical weapons. 

2. They would cooperate with each other, in finalization and
adoption of a comprehensive Chemical Weapons Convention which ensures the
security of all states and encourages the full utilization of achievements in
the field of chemistry for peaceful purposes, especially for economic
development of the developing countries.

3. They reiterate their resolve to become original States
party to the proposed Convention currently being drafted in the Conference on
Disarmament. 

4. They would exercise their right to develop their chemical
industry and related applications and products only for peaceful purposes and
for the welfare of their peoples. 

In witness whereof, the duly authorized representatives of
the two Governments have hereto signed this Declaration and affix thereto their
seals. Done at New Delhi
on this Nineteenth day of August of the year one thousand nine hundred and
ninety two. 

 

Shaharyar M. Khan

Foreign Secretary

Islamic Republic
of Pakistan 

 

J.N. Dixit

Foreign Secretary

Republic
of India  

 

 

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