Posted by: liviuhorovitz | May 7, 2010

First week of NPT Review Conference – more countries pledge to move forward on CTBT ratification

“I would like to thank all delegations that have expressed their support for the CTBT in their statements during the past few days,” Tibor Tóth, the Executive Secretary of the Preparatory Commission for the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO), told the NPT Review Conference on 6 May 2010 [statement]. “This is yet again a powerful and overwhelming verdict on the part of the international community in favor of a legally binding and effectively verifiable global nuclear test ban.”

Following on the heels of the announcement by Indonesia, the South Pacific Island State of Papua New Guinea revealed that its government was now in the process of “formally ratifying the CTBT,” and commended Indonesia for its own efforts to make progress on the Treaty’s entry into force [statement]. Reiterating its support for the CTBT, Guatemala expressed its wish to “promptly” ratify the Treaty and intention to “undertake all possible efforts, in order to overcome the obstacles that have prevented its ratification of the Treaty” [statement].

Read the entire Highlight on the CTBTO website.

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