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Gilani demands non-discriminatory criteria for access to civil N-technology--- Says Pak has robust nuclear security regime.

By WASHINGTON, April 13, 2010 (Frontier Star): Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani attended the inaugural dinner Monday hosted by President Obama for the heads of the nations participating in the Nuclear Security Summit at Washington held yesterday, says a press release received here. The Prime Minister was one of the lead speakers at the dinner where the leaders shared their perspectives about the threat of nuclear terrorism. 47 countries, the United Nations, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and President of the European Council are taking part in the Summit. The Prime Minister welcomed President Obamas initiative to convene the Nuclear Security Summit. He stressed that the threat of nuclear terrorism was global in nature and required measures for nuclear security by all states without exception. Prime Minister Gilani stated that, as a nuclear weapon state with advanced nuclear technology, Pakistan was fully aware of its responsibilities. It had put in place a robust nuclear security regime and was confident about the safety and security of its nuclear assets as well as the security of nuclear materials and facilities. The Prime Minister urged the adoption of non-discriminatory criteria for access to civil nuclear technology, to enable Pakistan to meet its growing requirement for energy. He underscored that with more than 35 years of nuclear power plant operations, highly trained manpower and a well-established safety and security culture, Pakistan fully qualified for international civil nuclear cooperation.

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Date:Apr 13, 2010
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