Tibor Tóth, the Executive Secretary of the Preparatory Commission for the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO), welcomed Indonesia’s announcement that it will soon ratify the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT).
“I warmly welcome the statement made by Foreign Minister Marty Natalagewa to the Indonesian Parliament that Indonesia will soon ratify the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT),” said Tóth.
“This announcement is of crucial importance in moving the Treaty closer to entry into force, and underscores the leadership role of Indonesia in regional and global non-proliferation and disarmament efforts,” said Tóth.
Marty Natalegawa, Indonesia’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, told the Indonesian House of Representatives on Thursday, 29 April 2010, that he would officially announce his country’s CTBT ratification during the Review Conference of the Non-Proliferation Treaty that will begin on Monday, 3 May 2010, in New York.
“We have been holding off the ratification process since 2002 as we expected the U.S. and other nuclear weapon states to ratify first,” Natalegawa said.
“However, we decided there was no point in delaying it. We do not want our policy to be steered by the U.S. decisions. We can move it forward with a note that there must be a move to push the U.S. to ratify. The US needs a template it can take as an example when dealing with the senate on ratification,” said Indonesia’s Foreign Minister.