Posted by: ctbtonewsroom | September 25, 2013

Guinea-Bissau ratifies the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty bringing the Treaty to 160 ratifications.

Pictured: Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of Guinea Bissau, Fernando Delfim da Silva, UN Assistant Secretary-General for Legal Affairs, Stephen Mathias, and CTBTO Head Lassina Zerbo.  (Photo: W. Khine/UN)

The Republic of Guinea-Bissau has ratified the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT), bringing the Treaty to the threshold of 160 ratifications.

“This important step by Guinea-Bissau brings us closer to the universalization of the Treaty and inspires me to work even harder towards the CTBT’s entry into force,” Lassina Zerbo, the Executive Secretary of the Preparatory Commission for the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO), said.

“Developing nations are again showing leadership by banning nuclear weapons and their testing. For African countries which have already banned nuclear weapons and their testing from their continent through the Treaty of Pelindaba, embracing the CTBT should come naturally,” Zerbo said.

The ratification comes on the week of the Article XIV Conference in New York to promote the entry into force of the CTBT.

Guinea-Bissau signed the CTBT on 11 April 1997. It has now been signed by a total of 183 States, constituting over 90% of the world’s countries. In Africa only Mauritius, Somalia and South Sudan have yet to sign the CTBT whereas nine countries have yet to ratify: Angola, Comoros, Congo (Republic of), Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, The Gambia, Sao Tome and Principe, Swaziland and Zimbabwe.

Full Press Release here

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