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    WORLD NEEDS LONG-TERM WMD NON-PROLIFERATION STRATEGY

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    MOSCOW, April 23 (RIA Novosti) - The world needs a long-term strategy of the non-proliferation of the weapons of mass destruction (WMD), Former Russian Defense Minister Igor Sergeyev said Friday. He was speaking at the international conference, Global Partnership of G-8 Countries in WMD non-proliferation, currently held in Moscow.

    "Now there is a need to work out a long-term strategy on WMD non-proliferation, combining economic, diplomatic and military measures," said Mr. Sergeyev.

    "Measures to counteract such proliferation should not be static," said Mr. Sergeyev. He added that international approaches to the non-proliferation problem should be overhauled.

    According to Mr. Sergeyev, there is a point in considering measures of active counteraction to WMD proliferation, apart from traditional approaches. Such measures "include the policy of direct pressure from the nuclear powers of the world on violators, the use of economic and political sanctions, and tactical air defense systems in crisis regions," said Mr. Sergeyev.

    He noted that these measures should undoubtedly be authorized by the UN.

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