“We commit ourselves individually and together to make the Treaty a focus of attention at the highest political level and to take measures to facilitate the signature and ratification process as recommended in the 2010 NPT Review Conference Final Document,” said a Joint Ministerial Statement issued by the Foreign Ministers attending the Fifth Ministerial Meeting to promote the early entry-into-force of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT).
The Foreign Ministers stressed that the entry into force of the Treaty is “vital to the broader framework of multilateral disarmament and non-proliferation”.
The nuclear tests by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) in 2006 and 2009 highlight the urgent need for the entry into force of the Treaty as soon as possible, the Statement said. The Foreign Ministers also noted that the CTBT verification regime was successful in detecting the DPRK tests. In this regard, the Ministers pledged continued support required to complete the verification regime “in the most efficient and cost-effective way.”
The Ministerial Meeting, held on 23 September 2010 at the United Nations in New York, was convened by Australia, Canada, Finland, France, Japan, Morocco, and the Netherlands.
Read the Statement here.