This new video by CTBTO Public Information features interviews and statements by the Foreign Ministers of six CTBTO Member States: Australia, Finland, Indonesia, the Netherlands, Sweden, Vietnam, and other high-level officials. Their comments succinctly express the current political thinking on the CTBT, the CTBTO’s performance so far and the Treaty’s future.
The comments are drawn from interviews conducted on the margins of the 2011 Conference on Facilitating the Entry into Force of the CTBT in New York on 23 September. The video also features statements by Tibor Tóth, Executive Secretary of the CTBTO, Alistair Burt, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State of the U.K. and Togzhan Kassenova of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace who was at the conference delivering a statement on behalf of NGOs
Selection of Statements from the video:
The Australian Foreign Minister, Kevin Rudd, said “the uncomfortable truth about nuclear weapons is that they continue to represent a fundamental threat to the family of nations.”
Marty Natalegawa, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Indonesia, said “the CTBT is one of the main instruments for nuclear disarmament.”
Pham Binh Minh, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Vietnam, called on “all countries, especially the Nuclear Weapons States, to ratify the CTBT in order to make it a universal treaty.”
The Ministers expressed their strong confidence in the capabilities of the verification system of the CTBTO.
“With the near completion of the International Monitoring System, undetected testing is virtually entirely impossible,” said Carl Bildt, Foreign Minister of Sweden and Co-President of the Conference.
“Nobody can really say that verification is an issue any longer. We have the technologies in place and in use so that is merely an excuse, not a real reason,” said Erkki Tuomioja, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Finland.
“We have seen with the Fukushima disaster in March this year that the monitoring system has really provided countries throughout the world with timely warnings of what was going on,” said Uri Rosenthal, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands.
Watch the video here.
More background on the 2011 Conference on Facilitating the Entry into Force of the CTBT here.