Monday, April 5, 2010

PM Gilani Chaired 17th Meeting of the National Command Authority

Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani chaired the 17th meeting of the National Command Authority (NCA). It was the second meeting of the NCA with the Prime Minister in chair.The NCA reviewed policies and measures in place for the safety and security of nuclear materials and facilities. It expressed full confidence in the arrangements for custodial controls and safety and security of Pakistan’s strategic assets, and the effectiveness of Pakistan’s strategic deterrence.The NCA reiterated that, as a nuclear weapon state with advanced nuclear technology and expertise, Pakistan was fully cognizant of its responsibilities. The nuclear safety, security and non-proliferation measures put in place by Pakistan were supported by extensive legislative, regulatory and administrative framework.

While expressing confidence in the indigenous knowhow and technology to sustain national nuclear safety and security systems, Pakistan would continue to benefit from IAEA’s relevant programmes on nuclear security, consistent with national policies and interests.The NCA took note of the fact that Pakistan’s socio-economic development was dependent on its ability to meet rapidly expanding energy requirements. There was a need to explore all options to ensure a reliable energy mix. Civil nuclear power generation was therefore an essential part of the national energy security strategy.

Having more than 35 years experience of operating nuclear power plants, highly trained manpower and a well established safety and security culture, Pakistan fully qualifies for equal participation in civil nuclear cooperation at the international level.Nuclear safety and security as well as safeguards are vehicles for facilitating international civil nuclear cooperation. The objectives of non-proliferation and nuclear safety and security can be promoted through a non-discriminatory approach for international cooperation in the peaceful uses of nuclear energy.



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