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India, Pak vote against UNGA resolution on nuclear weapons.

India, along with the United States and Pakistan, has voted against a provision in a United nations resolution calling on to 'promptly' accede to the NonProliferation Treaty as nonnuclearweapon nation 'without conditions' and to place all its nuclear facilities under International Atomic Energy Agency safeguards.

A draft resolution on achieving a nuclear weaponfree world and accelerating the implementation of nuclear disarmament commitments was adopted in the UN General Assembly session on Tuesday by a recorded vote of 169 in favour to 7 against with 5 abstentions including by Bhutan and China.

Prior to the passage of the draft as a whole, a separate vote was also taken on operative paragraph 9, which stressed the fundamental role of the NPT in achieving nuclear disarmament and nonproliferation and urged India, Israel and Pakistan to accede to it as nonnuclearweapon States promptly and without conditions and to place all their nuclear facilities under IAEA safeguards.

The provision was retained by a recorded vote of 165 in favour with India, Israel, Pakistan, the US voting against and Bhutan, France, the United Kingdom abstaining. India, Israel and the US also voted against the preambular paragraph 24, which emphasised the importance of a successful 2015 NPT Review Conference.

The provision was retained by a vote of 166 in favour and three abstentions from France, Pakistan and the UK.

The assembly also retained operative paragraph 11, which urged all states to work together to overcome obstacles within the international disarmament machinery and immediately implement the three specific recommendations from the 2010 Review Conference Action Plan, by a recorded vote of 167 in favour to 3 against and 4 abstentions including India.

India, Israel and the US also voted against a provision which would emphasise the importance of a successful 2015 review conference.

The provision was retained by a recorded vote of 166 in favour with 3 abstentions (France, Pakistan and UK). The general assembly also took up the draft resolution,

'Towards a nuclear weaponfree world: accelerating the implementation of nuclear disarmament commitments' and adopted by a recorded vote of 169 in favour with India along with Israel, the United Kingdom and the US voting against the resolution.

India also voted against a provision of the resolution that would request that the Conference on Disarmament consider the formulation of principles that could serve as a framework for regional agreements on conventional arms control.

India was the sole country to vote against a draft resolution on Conventional arms control at the regional and sub regional levels. The text was adopted by a recorded vote of 181 in favour and two abstentions.

The assembly turned to the draft resolution on united action towards the total elimination of nuclear weapons.

The provision on the vital importance of the universality of the NPT, calling on all the states not party to it to accede as nonnuclearweapon States was retained by a recorded vote of 172 in favour to 3 against, including India and Israel with 5 abstentions.

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