Posted by: ctbtonewsroom | December 18, 2013

CTBTO head meets French FM Laurent Fabius


CTBTO head meets French FM Laurent Fabius and takes part in FRS discussion

On 19 December 2013, Lassina Zerbo, the Executive Secretary of the Preparatory Commission for the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO), visits France for the first time after having taken office.

He meets with Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius and other high-ranking officials to discuss furth

Regarding the CTBT, Fabius had said at a hearing of the French Senate on 8 October 2013: “We were one of the first nuclear weapon States to sign, ratify and put into full effect the Comprehensive Nuclear Test-Ban Treaty. We are dedicated to its entry into force which will be a milestone in ending the further development of these weapons.”er enhancing the cooperation between France and the CTBTO. Zerbo also

participates in a round table discussion at the think tank Fondation pour la Recherche Stratégique.


France signed the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT) on 24 September 1996, the day it opened for signature. It was the first official nuclear weapon State to have ratified the CTBT (together with the UK) on 6 April 1998. It is the only nuclear weapon State to have permanently dismantled its nuclear test sites. With 17 monitoring facilities, France is one of the largest hosting countries of the CTBTO’s International Monitoring System. France is also one of the largest financial contributors to the organization with a share of 6.2 % of the regular budget. Through the European Union, France has further made voluntary contributions that enable the CTBTO to refine its capability to detect nuclear explosions.

For an overview of France’s cooperation with the CTBTO, see here.

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