ISLAMABAD - Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif would try to ally western concerns about security and safety of Pakistan's nuclear assets during the two-day international Nuclear Security Summit 2014 (NSS2014) commencing from March 24 in The Hague .
According to well-placed government sources, Prime Minister Sharif would lead a high-level delegation to The Hague , Netherlands, next week to participate in the mega summit that seeks to prevent nuclear terrorism around the world by ensuring the security of dangerous nuclear materials.
Meanwhile, in a background media briefing about the NSS 2014, the Ambassador of Netherlands to Pakistan Marcel De Vink commended Pakistan's responsible and prudent resolve in safeguarding and taking care of its nuclear assets .
He said that Pakistan was an important participant among 53 others, in the forthcoming nuclear summit as safety of Pakistan's nuclear assets was very important for the region.
The Ambassador said that Pakistan, with its nuclear security experience and nuclear assets , is an important participant in the summit , which requires ideas and active contributions to improve measures to secure dangerous nuclear material, both at the national and international level.
"Pakistan's establishment of a Nuclear Security Training Center (NSTC) is an example of an important step Pakistan has taken through the summit process to improve nuclear security at home and in the region," the Ambassador said.
Pakistan has been dealing with nuclear technology for the last 40 years in civilian‚ as well as defense sectors and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and other organizations have listed Pakistan as a model country with regard to the security mechanisms.
He also deliberated that the conference, which would be omitting Iran and North Korea, would rather stress on the issue of nuclear security instead of nuclear weapons and other issues, with special focus on safety of nuclear weapons from falling in terrorists' hands; since if ever occurring, would be a very dangerous situation.
Ambassador Vink said the conference aimed at discussing various issues related to safeguarding of nuclear assets , which had nevertheless steadily improved since the last conference held in 2010.
"I don't foresee any nuclear war in South Asia as I believe it is the collective global responsibility to ensure global peace", the Ambassador Vink said in response to a question.
The conference, he said, will discuss how nuclear and radioactive materials can be secured to make sure they can't fall into the wrong hands and be used for attacks. Next to this, they will deal with combating and other criminal activities so as to prevent nuclear terrorism.
The Ambassador said the NSS will not discuss nuclear disarmament, non-proliferation, nor will it debate the pros and cons of nuclear energy or protecting nuclear enterprises from natural disasters.
"It is important for ensuring progress in negotiations," he said adding the presence of world leaders enables the achievement of results that would otherwise be attained more slowly.
The IAEA is continually developing methods to enhance the security of nuclear material and radioactive sources and it is essential that these methods be used. A number of countries voluntarily invite the IAEA to review their national security measures on a regular basis.
As chair of the NSS 2014, the Netherlands supports this practice because it increases confidence in the security of nuclear materials worldwide.
The Netherlands was chosen as the host country because of its global reputation as a country of peace, justice and security . Both the International Court of Justice and the International Criminal Court are headquartered in The Hague . Also two major transhipment hubs - Schiphol airport and the port of Rotterdam - are located in Netherlands, which heightens the risk of nuclear material being smuggled across the Dutch borders.
The 2014 summit is the third summit on nuclear security and will chart the accomplishments of the past four years, identifying which of the objectives set out in the Washington Work Plan (2010) and the Seoul Communiqué (2012) have not been met and proposing ways to achieve them.
The aim is to compose a joint communiqué containing clear agreements to prevent nuclear terrorism by: (1) reducing stockpiles of hazardous nuclear material around the world; (2) better securing nuclear material; and (3) intensifying international cooperation.