Second Session of the CCW Group of Governmental Experts (GGE) on Lethal Autonomous Weapons Systems, 27-31 August 2018 Agenda item 6(d): Possible options for addressing the humanitarian and international security challenges posed by emerging technologies in the area of LAWS in the context of the objectives and purposes of the Convention without prejudging policy outcomes and taking into account past, present and future proposals (29 August 2018) Statement by PAKISTAN

Mr. Chairperson,   Let me begin by once again commending your professional and skilful chairmanship of the GGE this week.   We associate ourselves with the statement delivered by the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) earlier today and would like to reinforce and add a few points in our national capacity.   Mr. Chairperson,               Although…

Second Session of the CCW Group of Governmental Experts (GGE) on Lethal Autonomous Weapons Systems, 27-31 August 2018 Agenda item 6(b): Further consideration of the human element in the use of lethal force; aspects of human-machine interaction in the development, deployment and use of emerging technologies in the area of lethal autonomous weapons systems (28 August 2018) Statement by PAKISTAN (Delivered by Usman Jadoon, Counsellor)

Mr. Chairman,   Pakistan believes that the absence of human control over weapons with autonomous functions will fundamentally change the nature of war. Any weapon that delegates the power to make life and death decisions to machines, which inherently lack compassion and intuition, would be unethical. They will make war even more inhumane.     …

Conference on Disarmament Plenary Meeting, 28 August 2018 Statement by Ambassador Farukh Amil Permanent Representative of Pakistan

Madam President,   I would like to begin by congratulating you on assuming the Presidency of the CD. You can count on my delegation’s full support and cooperation.   We thank you for circulating the first draft of the CD’s Annual Report right at the start of your presidency last week. The draft is structured…

Conference on Disarmament Plenary Meeting (7 August 2018) Statement by Ambassador Farukh Amil Permanent Representative of Pakistan

Mr. President,   Since this is my first time taking the floor under your Presidency, allow me to begin by congratulating you on your appointment as the President of the Conference on Disarmament. You can rest assured of my delegation’s full support and cooperation.   Since you have asked us to discuss at the plenary…

Conference on Disarmament (CD), Subsidiary Body 1 (Cessation of the Nuclear Arms Race and Nuclear Disarmament) (2 August 2018 – morning session) Statement by Pakistan Delegation (Delivered by Usman Jadoon, Counsellor)

Mr. Coordinator,   We appreciate the manner in which you have been chairing this Subsidiary Body and thank you and your team for all the hard work that has gone into it. We are grateful for your letter dated 23 July 2018, outlining a structure along with some guiding questions. We also found very useful…

Conference on Disarmament (CD), Subsidiary Body 1 (Cessation of the Nuclear Arms Race and Nuclear Disarmament) (2 August 2018 – afternoon session) Statement by Pakistan Delegation (Delivered by Usman Jadoon, Counsellor)

Mr. Coordinator,   In accordance with the work plan circulated by you, I have asked for the floor to address the issue of nuclear risk reduction measures. As noted by you, this topic was also discussed in Subsidiary Body 2 on the “prevention of nuclear war, including all related matters”.   The SSOD I in…

Conference on Disarmament (CD), Subsidiary Body 2 (Prevention of nuclear war, including all related matters) (29 June 2018) Statement by Ambassador Farukh Amil Permanent Representative of Pakistan

Mr. Coordinator,               We appreciate the manner in which you have chaired the meetings of Subsidiary Body 2 on the “prevention of nuclear war, including all related matters”. My delegation has participated actively and contributed substantively during the deliberations.   The discussions held so far revealed once again the wide divergence of views on…

Conference on Disarmament (CD), Subsidiary Body 2 (Prevention of nuclear war, including all related matters) (28 June 2018) Statement by Pakistan on the Issue of Verification (Delivered by Usman Jadoon, Counsellor)

Mr. Coordinator,             Before delving into the elaboration of our comments on the issue of verification of a future treaty dealing with fissile materials, let me emphasize that our views on the specific treaty elements such as verification should be seen in the context of a Fissile material Treaty (FMT) that covers existing stocks,…

Conference on Disarmament (CD), Subsidiary Body 2 (Prevention of nuclear war, including all related matters) (28 June 2018) “Measures Including Legal Instruments” Statement by Pakistan Delegation (Delivered by Usman Jadoon, Counsellor)

Mr. Coordinator,   Let me emphasize that our views on the specific treaty elements such as definitions, verification, and legal and institutional arrangements should be seen in the context of a Fissile material Treaty (FMT) that covers existing stocks, and not on a Fissile Material Cut-off Treaty (FMCT) that is envisaged to ban the future…

Conference on Disarmament (CD), Subsidiary Body 2 (Prevention of nuclear war, including all related matters) (27 June 2018) Statement by Pakistan on the Issue of Scope (Delivered by Usman Jadoon, Counsellor)

Mr. Coordinator,             The discussions held so far in this Subsidiary Body revealed once again the wide divergence of views on almost all issues related to a ban of the production of fissile material for nuclear weapons. Above all, the aspects that are the most fundamental for any treaty, that is, its objectives and…

Conference on Disarmament (CD), Subsidiary Body 1 (Cessation of the Nuclear Arms Race and Nuclear Disarmament) (25 June 2018) Statement by Ambassador Farukh Amil Permanent Representative of Pakistan

Mr. Coordinator,   Allow me to begin by congratulating you on your appointment as the Coordinator of Subsidiary Body 1. We thank you for your letter proposing a structure for these meetings. Given your vast multilateral experience and diplomatic skills, we are confident of reaching substantive outcomes under your guidance. You can rest assured of…

Conference on Disarmament Plenary Meeting, 5 June 2018 Statement by Ambassador Farukh Amil Permanent Representative of Pakistan

Mr. President,   We learnt through the G-21 Chair, who attended the Presidential consultations held yesterday, that two of the five Coordinators of Subsidiary Bodies refused to meet the President of the Conference on his invitation. We understand that the President wanted to consult with all of the five Coordinators of the Subsidiary Bodies to…

Conference on Disarmament Plenary Meeting, 29 May 2018 Statement by Pakistan Delegation (Delivered by Usman Jadoon, Counsellor)

Mr. President,   Allow me to begin by congratulating you on assuming the presidency of the CD and assuring you of my delegation’s full support and cooperation. We take note of your opening remarks and thank you for reaching out to the regional groups and individual delegations for informal consultations. We will engage with you…

Conference on Disarmament (CD), Subsidiary Body 3 (Prevention of an Arms Race in Outer Space) (23 May 2018) Statement by Ambassador Farukh Amil Permanent Representative of Pakistan

Mr. Coordinator,               Congratulations on your appointment as the Coordinator of Subsidiary Body 3 on the Prevention of an Arms Race in Outer Space, PAROS. I assure you of my delegation’s full cooperation and constructive participation in the meetings of this Subsidiary Body. Given your experience and diplomatic skills, we are confident that our…

Conference on Disarmament (CD), Subsidiary Body 4 (Negative Security Assurances) (22 May 2018) Statement by Ambassador Farukh Amil Permanent Representative of Pakistan

Mr. Coordinator,               I congratulate you on your appointment as the Coordinator of Subsidiary Body 4 on Negative Security Assurances, NSAs. You can rest assured of my delegation’s full support and cooperation. I thank you for the letter and background paper circulated by you on 12 April.   I shall outline the general position…

Conference on Disarmament (CD), Subsidiary Body 5 New types of weapons of mass destruction and new systems of such weapons; radiological weapons – Comprehensive programme of disarmament – Transparency in armament – Emerging and other issues relevant to the substantive work of the Conference (17 May 2018) Statement by Ambassador Farukh Amil Permanent Representative of Pakistan

Mr. Coordinator,               I would like to begin by congratulating you on your appointment as the Coordinator of Subsidiary Body 5 and assuring you of my delegation’s full cooperation. This Subsidiary Body has been mandated to address items 5, 6 and 7 of the CD’s agenda as well as emerging issues that are relevant…

Conference on Disarmament (CD), Subsidiary Body 2 (Prevention of nuclear war, including all related matters) (16 May 2018) Statement by Ambassador Farukh Amil Permanent Representative of Pakistan

Mr. Coordinator,               I congratulate you on your appointment as Coordinator of Subsidiary Body 2 on the “prevention of nuclear war, including all related matters”, in accordance with Decisions CD/2119 and CD/2126. I assure you of my delegation’s full support and active participation. As per the agreed Timetable, the first five meetings of this…

Conference on Disarmament (CD), Subsidiary Body 2 (Prevention of nuclear war, including all related matters) (16 May 2018) Remarks by Pakistan Delegation

Mr. Coordinator,               Since a reference was made to my country in the remarks delivered by the distinguished representative of the United States, I am compelled to take the floor to respond by providing an accurate historical context and highlighting the considerations that guide our position.                   Contrary to the US statement…

First Session of the CCW Group of Governmental Experts (GGE) on Lethal Autonomous Weapons Systems, 9-13 April 2018 Agenda item 6(b): Further consideration of the human element in the use of lethal force; aspects of human-machine interaction in the development, deployment and use of emerging technologies in the area of lethal autonomous weapons systems (11 April 2018) Statement by PAKISTAN (Delivered by Usman Jadoon, Counsellor)

Mr. Chairman,   We thank you for the useful compilation of views emailed yesterday.   Pakistan believes that the absence of human control over weapons with autonomous functions will fundamentally change the nature of war. LAWS are by nature unethical, because there is no longer a human in the loop and the power to make…

First Session of the CCW Group of Governmental Experts (GGE) on Lethal Autonomous Weapons Systems, 9-13 April 2018 Agenda item 6(a): Characterization of the systems under consideration in order to promote a common understanding on concepts and characteristics relevant to the objectives and purposes of the Convention (10 April 2018) Statement by PAKISTAN (Delivered by Usman Jadoon, Counsellor)

Mr. Chairman,   We thank you for circulating the extremely useful summary of views expressed by various delegations on the characterisation of LAWS. We also thank you for your opening remarks outlining four possible approaches for the characterisation issue. It has greatly helped in structuring the discussions and channelling our thoughts.   The discourse on…

First Session of the CCW Group of Governmental Experts (GGE) on Lethal Autonomous Weapons Systems, 9-13 April 2018  

  General Exchange of Views – 9 April 2018 (Statement by Ambassador Farukh Amil Permanent Representative of PAKISTAN)   Mr. Chairman,   I would like to begin by congratulating you on your re-appointment as the Chairman of this Group of Governmental Experts and assuring you of my delegation’s full support and cooperation. We thank you…

First Session of the CCW Group of Governmental Experts (GGE) on Lethal Autonomous Weapons Systems, 9-13 April 2018 General Exchange of Views – 9 April 2018 (Statement by Ambassador Farukh Amil Permanent Representative of PAKISTAN)

Mr. Chairman,   I would like to begin by congratulating you on your re-appointment as the Chairman of this Group of Governmental Experts and assuring you of my delegation’s full support and cooperation. We thank you for the informal consultations undertaken by you in preparation for this meeting.   We align ourselves with the statement…

First Session of the CCW Group of Governmental Experts (GGE) on Lethal Autonomous Weapons Systems, 9-13 April 2018 Agenda item 6(c): Review of potential military applications of related technologies in the context of the Group’s work (12 April 2018) Statement by PAKISTAN (Delivered by Usman Jadoon, Counsellor)

Mr. Chairman,   Lethal Autonomous Weapons Systems (LAWS) are being described as the next revolution in military affairs, similar to the introduction of gun powder and nuclear weapons in the past. LAWS would indeed fundamentally change the nature of war and have a strong bearing on regional and international peace and security.   As stated…

Conference on Disarmament Plenary Meeting, 27 March 2018 Statement by Ambassador Farukh Amil (Permanent Representative of Pakistan)

Madam President,             As this is my first time taking the floor under your presidency, let me begin by congratulating you on assuming this position and assuring you of the full support of my delegation. We deeply appreciate the work done by your two predecessors this year – the Ambassador of Sri Lanka for…

Conference on Disarmament Plenary Meeting, 13 March 2018 Statement by Ambassador Farukh Amil (Permanent Representative of Pakistan)

Madam President,             Let me begin by expressing our appreciation and gratitude for all the hard work and sincere efforts undertaken by you and your team in order to operationalise the decision adopted by the CD on 16 February 2018 to establish five subsidiary bodies. We acknowledge your extensive consultations for identifying and proposing…

Statement By: H.E. Ambassador Farukh Amil Permanent Representative of Pakistan to the United Nations and other International Organizations in Geneva at the Conference on Disarmament Plenary Meeting (High Level Segment) Geneva, 27 February 2018

Madam President,               It is my pleasure to speak during this year’s high level segment of the Conference on Disarmament (CD) under Sweden’s presidency. We take note of the remarks delivered by the UN Secretary General yesterday and thank him for his interest on disarmament issues and his personal support to the CD. We…

Conference on Disarmament Plenary Meeting, 23 February 2018 Statement by Ambassador Farukh Amil (Permanent Representative of Pakistan)

Madam President,               As this is the first time that my delegation is taking the floor under your presidency, let me begin by congratulating you on assuming this function and assuring you of the full support of my delegation. We appreciate the extensive consultations undertaken by you. Given your commitment and diplomatic skills, coupled…

Conference on Disarmament Plenary Meeting, 6 February 2018 Statement by Ambassador Farukh Amil (Permanent Representative of Pakistan)

Mr. President,             As this is the first time that my delegation is taking the floor in a formal plenary meeting this year, let me begin by congratulating you on assuming the Presidency of the CD. We are very pleased to see you in the Chair and assure you of our full support and…

Conference on Disarmament Plenary Meeting, 5 September 2017 – Statement by Pakistan Delegation (Delivered by Usman Jadoon, Counsellor)

Mr. President, I have requested the floor to read out the statement issued by the Foreign Ministry of Pakistan on 3 September 2017. I quote: “Pakistan condemns the reported nuclear test by the DPRK. Pakistan has consistently maintained that DPRK should comply with the UN Security Council resolutions and asked all sides to refrain from…