Posted by: ctbtonewsroom | November 24, 2015

Australian – Japanese statement in support of the CTBT

FM Kishida & FM Bishop 22 Nov 2015

Japan’s Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida (left) and Australia’s Foreign Minister Julie Bishop. Image: Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan

On 22 November 2015, Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida and Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop issued a joint statement on on nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation issued on 22 November in Sydney when Foreign Minister Kishida visited Australia for the Sixth Japan-Australia Joint Foreign and Defense Ministerial Consultations. The statement included a call for the entry into force of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty:

“We welcome the United Nations General Assembly First Committee’s adoption of two of our resolutions this year, by an overwhelming majority, the Resolution titled “United Action with Renewed Determination towards the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons” proposed by Japan and the Resolution titled “Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty
(CTBT)” proposed by Australia. With that in mind, we hereby call once again on all states to take further practical and concrete measures, such as the early entry into force of the CTBT, which Japan and Australia jointly promote as co-Chairs of the Friends of CTBT group…”

Full statement: MFA of Japan (PDF)

See also:

Prime Minister of Japan & President of Kazakhstan adopt joint statement on the CTBT (27 October)

Foreign Ministers gather at United Nations to advance CTBT Entry into Force (29 September)

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