Posted by: ctbtonewsroom | November 30, 2011

Indonesian Parliament Commission approves draft bill on CTBT ratification and forwards it to the Plenary

Indonesia’s Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa with Members of Commission I of the House of Representatives (Photo: Indonesia’s House of Representatives)

The Indonesian Parliament’s Defense and Foreign Policy Commission convened earlier today, on 30 November at 10:00 am Jakarta time, adopting draft legislation for the ratification of the CTBT, which it then sent to the Plenary body for final approval.

According to the official website of the House of Representatives, the draft legislation refers to the Constitution, which states that the aim of the establishment of the Republic of Indonesia is to participate in a world order based on freedom, abiding peace and social justice. The Indonesian government is therefore committed to support the international community’s efforts for disarmament and non-proliferation of nuclear weapons.

In the course of preliminary deliberative parliamentary process, a large delegation of Indonesian parliamentarians visited the CTBTO headquarters in Vienna on 22 November 2011. Today’s decision by the Commission completes the preliminary phase of the process. For the ratification to become national law, the Parliament in its plenary session needs to adopt the draft legislation. The ratification will become binding in international law once presented to the UN.

The official website of the Parliament has yet to announce a date for the plenary discussion. However a media report from Indonesia quoted the Chairman of the First Commission, Mahfudz Siddiq, mentioning 6 December 2011 as a likely date.

A ratification by Indonesia will bring the CTBT a step closer to entry into force since Indonesia is one of the nine remaining Annex 2 States whose ratification is a prerequisite for the Treaty to become global law. The other eight are China, Egypt, India, Iran, Israel, North Korea, Pakistan and the United States.

Find the story in Indonesian on the official webpage of Indonesia’s House of Representatives here.

Read an article in Indonesian reporting on the decision by the First Commission here.

Read the CTBTO highlight on the recent visit of Indonesian parliamentarians here.

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