Vienna, 1 August 2013
The new Executive Secretary of the Preparatory Commission for the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO), Lassina Zerbo, who took office today, will travel to China on 4 August for his first trip abroad as the head of the organization. During his week-long stay, Zerbo will meet with Foreign Minister Wang Yi and other high-level officials, visit a CTBTO monitoring station being installed in Kunming in southwest China, and deliver a keynote address at a workshop on nuclear arms control organized by the Chinese Arms Control & Disarmament Association.
“My first official visit is to China, in recognition of China’s importance in paving the way for the entry into force of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty. I will encourage China to take the lead for ratification by the Annex 2 States. I wish to build upon the already fruitful cooperation with China. My visit aims to address the sustainability of a credible verification system through the provision of data to the CTBTO’s International Data Centre and thus to all States Signatories,” said Zerbo.
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