Malaysia hosts workshop on national implementation of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT)

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A Workshop on "CTBTO International Cooperation for National Implementation of the CTBT for States from Southeast Asia" took place in Kuala Lumpur from 31 May to 2 June 2006. The workshop was organised by the Provisional Technical Secretariat (PTS) of the Preparatory Commission for the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO) at the invitation of the Government of Malaysia.

In his opening statement, the Hon. Dato' Sri Dr. Jamaluddin Jarjis, Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation of Malaysia, stressed the significance of the CTBT for nuclear disarmament and regretted that the Treaty had not yet entered into force. Representing Malaysia as one of the affected States by the December 2004 tsunami, he underlined the need for the Treaty's entry into force for CTBTO data to be used potentially by tsunami early warning organizations.

Tibor Tóth, Executive Secretary of the CTBTO Preparatory Commission, addressed participants and thanked the Government of Malaysia for hosting the workshop. He stressed the increasing importance of developing countries, in particular countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), in the Commission. About half of all stations of the International Monitoring System (IMS) were being hosted by developing countries, he said, and interest in monitoring data had increased steadily in those countries.

Some 30 participants, including representatives from ministries for foreign affairs, policy makers and scientific experts as well as a group of scientific observers and a representative of UNESCO, attended the workshop. The Secretariat of the CTBTO Preparatory Commission was represented by Mr. Tibor Tóth, Executive Secretary and four PTS staff members.