India joins wassenaar arrangement

Monitoring Desk
2017-12-9
NEW DELHI (India): India joined the wassenaar arrangement (WA), established in order to contribute to regional and international security and stability, by promoting transparency and greater responsibility in transfers of conventional arms and dual-use goods and technologies, thus preventing destabilising accumulations, on Friday following the completion of internal procedures for joining the arrangement; an Indian statement said.

According to detail, the plenary meeting of the WA held on 6-7 December decided to admit India, which will become the arrangement's 42nd participating State; Pakistan is not a member.

Indian statement prayed, “India would like to thank each of the 41 WA participating states for their support for India’s membership. We would also like to thank ambassador Jean Louis Falconi of France, 2017 plenary chair of the WA for his role in facilitating India’s accession to the arrangement. India also notes the valuable contribution of Japan and France as co-rapporteurs, and WA secretariat head ambassador Philip Griffiths, for their guidance during the preparatory process.”

Indian statement concluded that India’s entry into the arrangement will be mutually beneficial and further contribute to international security and non-proliferation objectives.

Participating states apply export controls to all items set forth in the list of dual-use goods and technologies and the munitions list, with the objective of preventing unauthorized transfers or re-transfers of those items.

The WA participating states seek, through their national policies, to ensure that transfers of such items do not contribute to the development or enhancement of military capabilities which undermine WA goals, and are not diverted to support such capabilities.

The aim is also to prevent the acquisition of such items by terrorists.

To assist in developing common understandings of transfer risks, participating states regularly exchange information of both a general and a specific nature.

Participating states are required to report their arms transfers and transfers/denials of certain dual-use goods and technologies to destinations outside the arrangement on a 6-monthly basis. In some cases, shorter reporting time-frames apply.

The participating states, after India’s admission, of the WA are now Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, India, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Republic of Korea, Romania, Russian Federation, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom (UK) and United States (US).