Islamabad: India and Pakistan on Tuesday decided to move forward on proposals to extend two key agreements on pre-notification of ballistic missile tests and reducing the risk from accidents related to nuclear weapons, diplomatic sources said.

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Following two-day talks on nuclear and conventional confidence-building measures, senior officials of the two countries agreed to recommend to their Foreign Secretaries to extend the validity of the "Agreement on Reducing the Risk from Accidents Relating to Nuclear Weapons" for five years.
   
The two sides also agreed to recommend to the Foreign Secretaries to extend the validity of the "Agreement on Pre-Notification of Flight Testing of Ballistic Missiles" by five years.
   
The current tenure of this pact is set to end in February next year, the sources said.
   
The two sides reviewed a range of existing nuclear and conventional CBMs and discussed proposals for additional measures in areas where the two countries could make forward movement, the sources said.
   
Among the CBMs that were reviewed during the meeting of the Joint Working Group were the hotline between the Foreign Secretaries, the ceasefire put in place along the Line of
Control in Jammu and Kashmir in November 2003 and the agreement on advance notification of military exercises, the sources said.

A proposal for an agreement to prevent "incidents at sea" involving naval vessels of the two countries also came up during the talks.
   
"There have been several incidents at sea, including one involving INS Godavari and a Pakistani vessel when the Indian warship went to the rescue of persons captured by Somali pirates.
   
"Both sides are keen to do something to avoid such incidents," a source said.
   
During the discussion on nuclear CBMs on Tuesday, the two sides exchanged notes on their security concepts and nuclear doctrines.
   
The talks focussed on the need for Pakistan to "demonstrate restraint and responsibility in the nuclear field", the sources said.
   
The need for greater engagement by Pakistan on multi-lateral negotiations, especially on the Fissile Material Cut-Off Treaty, also figured in the talks, the sources said.
   
Pakistan has long boycotted FMCT negotiations, claiming that it has to continue producing fissile material used in nuclear weapons to address the conventional military imbalance with India.
   
Islamabad's proposal for a "strategic restraint regime" came up during the talks but it is believed that the Pakistani side has not been able to put forward convincing arguments on this proposal. Pakistani media reports said the Pakistani side had proposed that all heavy weaponry, including artillery and mortars, should be move 30 km away from the LoC.
   
The proposals exchanged by the two sides at the talks will now be forwarded to the Foreign Secretaries.
   
Following discussions by the Foreign Secretaries sometime early next year, they will be taken up by the two Foreign Ministers.
   
This was the first meeting of the Joint Working Group on nuclear and conventional CBMs since October 2007.
   
"The talks were held in a cordial and constructive atmosphere," said a joint statement issued at the end of the meeting.
   
"Both sides reviewed the implementation and strengthening of existing CBMs in the framework of the Lahore MoU (of 1999) and agreed to explore possibilities for mutually acceptable additional CBMs," the joint statement said.
   
The talks on nuclear and conventional CBMs were part of the peace process that resumed early this year after a gap of over two years in the wake of the 2008 Mumbai attacks, which were blamed on the Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Taiba.

(Agencies)