Muhamad Najib, a member of Indonesia’s House of Representatives’ Commission I on foreign affairs and defense, authored an op-ed published in The Jakarta Post, 24 January, 2011, supporting Indonesia’s ratification of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT). “The very act of Indonesia coming out in favor of ratification would increase its international reputation,” Najib said in the op-ed.
“As Indonesia does not have any ambition of manufacturing nuclear weapons of its own, this is not a difficult decision to make. The challenge, rather, is how Indonesia’s eagerness to ratify the CTBT can contribute to the treaty’s implementation,” adds Najib.
Indonesia is one of the remaining nine Annex 2 States whose ratification is required for the CTBT to enter into force. Foreign Minister, Marty Natalegawa, has affirmed on many occasions his country’s intention to do so and recently he submitted the relevant bill to the Indonesian House of Representatives. On 27 January, Commission I will hold hearings with domestic stakeholders kick-starting officially the parliamentary process towards ratification.