Posted by: liviuhorovitz | May 5, 2010

Reactions to Indonesia’s announcement that it will ratify the CTBT

Indonesia’s Foreign Minister outlines his country’s commitment

“Indonesia is initiating the process of the ratification of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT).”

“Let me be absolutely clear: Indonesia has never wavered in its support for the CTBT.  […] However, as Annex II country, Indonesia chose in the past to withhold ratification pending ratification by all the nuclear-weapon states and other states claiming possession of nuclear weapons.  For it is they, above all, who must first and foremost commit to the CTBT. That position of principle, we believe, has served its purpose.”

“Today, from the vantage point of the year 2010, and in view of the present glimmer of hope in the nuclear disarmament agenda, the Government of Indonesia believes that it can now enhance its contribution by initiating its own ratification process,” Marty Natalegawa, Indonesia’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, stated at the Opening of the CTBTO Exhibition Putting an End to Nuclear Explosions.

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U.S. President welcomes Indonesia’s announcement

“I welcome Indonesia’s important announcement at the opening session of the 2010 Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty Review Conference that they are “initiating the process of the ratification of the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty.”  The United States thanks President Yudhoyono and the Government of Indonesia for its responsible leadership in the global effort to reinforce the nuclear nonproliferation regime,” according to a statement by U.S. President Barack Obama on the White House website.

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Numerous NPT Delegations welcome Jakarta’s decision

“France welcomes yesterday’s announcement of Indonesia to start the process for the ratification of the CTBT,” said France’s ambassador, Eric Danon.

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“We […] expressly welcome Indonesia’s intention to ratify the Treaty soon. This is an important signal to those states that are still hesitating,” said Werner Hoyer, Germany’s Vice Minister and Minister of State.

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“The announcement yesterday that Indonesia is initiating the process of ratifying the CTBT is a cause for celebration. We would urge others especially those that are Annex 2 State to ratify the Treaty as a matter of priority,” said Georgina te Heuheu, Minister for Disarmament and Arms Control of New Zealand.

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