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India committed to scientific research, technical cooperation in Poles: Pranab

External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee today said that India remains committed to scientific research and technical cooperation in the Polar Regions.

New Delhi, May 11 : External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee today said that India remains committed to scientific research and technical cooperation in the Polar Regions.

Addressing the closing session of the XXX Antarctic Treat Consultative Meeting here, he said: "Let me conclude by stating that India remains committed to scientific research and technical cooperation in the Polar Regions. Antarctica being a common heritage of mankind and the foremost symbol of peaceful use and cooperation needs to be protected for posterity."

Mukherjee said that the Antarctic Treaty System has become an epitome of coordinated research and cooperation, carried out by the nations and organisations represented in this meeting.

"The path shown by the Antarctic Treaty System by forging ties in collaborative research and enforcing a strict regime of environmental protection through a detailed consultative process, is not only unique to the Treaty, but needs to be followed in other areas as well," he added.

The Treaty has certainly grown in stature and strength in last 48 years with newer entrants joining its fold. Adoption of the Madrid Protocol on Environment Protection in 1991 was a significant landmark for the Antarctic Treaty. It indicated the concern of Treaty Party nations about the fragile Antarctic ecosystems and their significance at global level, he said.

"The Protocol is a testimony of farsightedness and a global vision of mentors of the Antarctic Treaty. It has gained further importance at a time when we are passing through one of the most critical phase of global environmental scenario, especially after the report of the UN's fourth Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change," he said.

He stressed that to counter the projected impacts of global warming, we need coordinated effort across the world.

The intensive collaborative research work that is being carried out during the ongoing International Polar Year 2007-08, therefore assumes greater importance, Mukherjee added.

Earlier, he termed the 30th Antarctic Treaty Consultative Meeting as "historic" by saying that India hosted the two-week long meeting for the first time coinciding with the 25th year of its joining the Treaty.

ANI

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