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28 May 1998
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STATEMENT BY THE MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS OF UKRAINE
For the second time within a month the mankindís hopes for the non-nuclear world have been put on trial. Despite numerous appeals by the world community to refrain from the moves in retaliation to Indiaís nuclear explosions, Pakistan has conducted its own nuclear tests. Thus, the spirit of Nonproliferation Treaty and the Treaty on the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban has been violated, and dangerous grounds for further nuclear arms proliferation in the world have been created.
As in the case with India, Ukraine condemns such a step by Pakistan, and calls upon both countries for restraint and responsibility in bilateral relations, which would be in conformity with interests of safeguarding peace and stability in South Asia and the entire world.
The above actions of both nations have also demonstrated ineffectiveness of existing mechanisms of control over nonproliferation of nuclear arms, and an urgent need for their expeditious and drastic improvement. In view of the extraordinary situation in South Asia, Ukraine deems it necessary to urgently address the issue of holding a meeting of the UN Security Council.