MEDIA RELEASE

DEPARTMENT OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS AND TRADE
AUSTRALIA

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7 September 1998

Geneva Conference On South Asia's Nuclear Tests

Australia will co-sponsor a two-day conference in Geneva this week to consider the implications of the South Asian nuclear tests for the non-proliferation and disarmament regimes.

Following the nuclear tests by India and Pakistan, Australia, together with other members of the international community, expressed concern at the implications of these tests for global and regional security.

The conference will look at ways of advancing and strengthening the international non-proliferation regime with a view to enhancing global and regional security.

It will bring together officials, academics and researchers from the international arms control community, to examine ways of strengthening the international non-proliferation regime which meet the security interests of India and Pakistan as well as those of the international community.

The Conference is being hosted by the United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research (UNIDIR) from 7-8 September in Geneva at the Palais des Nations.

An Australian, Richard Starr, will chair the conference. Mr Starr was formerly Ambassador for Disarmament in Geneva and is currently the Australian Ambassador in Madrid. The other conference co-sponsors are Denmark, Italy, New Zealand, Norway, and the United States.

Media Inquiries:

Ms Philippa King, phone 41-22-918 2927 (Geneva)