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The Case for a South Asian Nuclear-Weapon-Free Zone

  • Samina Yasmeen

Abstract

Thirty years ago, on 16 February 1967, Latin American countries concluded the Treaty for the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons in Latin America. Nine years later, in December 1975, the United Nations General Assembly passed a resolution which identified nuclearweapon-free zones (NWFZ) as ‘constitut[ing] one of the most effective means of preventing the proliferation, both horizontal and vertical, of nuclear weapons and for contributing to the elimination of the danger of a nuclear holocaust’.1 Since then the world has witnessed the formation of NWFZ in the South Pacific, Southeast Asia and Africa.2 Suggestions are also being made for a NWFZ encompassing all countries of the southern hemisphere. Meanwhile, South Asia remains locked in an undeclared nuclear deterrence involving its two major states, India and Pakistan. The question arises as to whether these two states need to follow examples set by other countries and establish a NWFZ in South Asia.

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International Atomic Energy Agency Nuclear Weapon Fissile Material Ballistic Missile Nuclear Programme 
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