Posted by: liviuhorovitz | May 5, 2010

Press Briefing Statements by CTBTO ES Tóth and Indonesia’s FM Natalegawa

“We hope that our decision to ratify the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT) will be a positive incentive for other States to follow suit,” stated Indonesia’s Foreign Minister, Marty Natalegawa, during a press briefing on the second day of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) Review Conference in New York.

His statement followed an announcement at the Conference on 3 May that Indonesia is “initiating the process of ratification of the CTBT.” He underscored that Indonesia has taken this step in view of the recent positive momentum on nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation issues.

Indonesia’s announcement that it will soon ratify the Treaty “is extremely important for the entry into force of the CTBT”, said Tibor Tóth, the Executive Secretary of the Preparatory Commission for the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO).  “With Indonesia’s ratification, we’ll only have eight countries to go.”

Read the entire Press Release with background information on the CTBTO website.

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