Posted by: ctbtonewsroom | May 28, 2015

ES Zerbo: “The CTBT is too important to let the rolling tides of history determine its fate.”

Executive Secretary Lassina Zerbo addresses the 2015 NPT Review Conference on 29 April 2015

Executive Secretary Lassina Zerbo addresses the 2015 NPT Review Conference on 29 April 2015

In an op-ed published by the Inter Press Service News Agency, Executive Secretary Lassina Zerbo notes that: “While NPT members are fractured on how to resolve many of the problems eroding the non-proliferation regime, securing a legally binding test ban is an unequivocal priority for all countries considering the statements from over 100 individual countries, as well as from various groups…To ensure a robust and effective plan of action, I encourage all parties to consider the following: First, how to engage the remaining eight States required for the test ban to become legally binding so that they sign and/or ratify the CTBT; and second, what specific steps can current States Signatories take to advance the Treaty’s entry into force. Of equal importance are concrete proposals to complete the unique, robust and unparalleled international verification system, as well as ensuring sustainable resources to remain ahead of the curve in maintaining this essential international verification system that delivers security, scientific, environmental, and many other benefits to its Member States every day.”

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