Indonesia’s decision to ratify the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT) will hopefully inspire other States, particularly in Asia, to follow suit, said the head of an Indonesian delegation of parliamentarians visiting the headquarters of the Preparatory Commission for the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO) in Vienna on 28 to 29 June.
Kemal Azis Stamboel, Chairman of the First Committee in Indonesia’s House of Representatives, said that the objective of Indonesia’s support for the Treaty was “a nuclear-weapon-free world.”
“We all want a nuclear-weapon-free world. This is the vision of everybody and Indonesia is very committed to achieving that,” said Stamboel who was accompanied to the CTBTO by Enggartiasto Lukita, member of Indonesia’s First Committee, House of Representatives.
“It is important this step [ratification of the Treaty] is taken by everybody. By doing this we can start a programme for nuclear disarmament because we have stopped testing,” said Stamboel.
The visit by the parliamentarians was an opportunity for them to familiarize themselves with the Treaty and the work of the CTBTO, “in hopes of facilitating a successful ratification process in Jakarta,” said Tibor Tóth, CTBTO’s Executive Secretary.