30 April 2015

Excerpts of statements referring to the Comprehensive-Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT) and/or nuclear testing:


Humanitarian Consequences Group
- Gillian Bird, Permanent Representative of Australia: "Practical contributions  we  can  make  would  be  to  unblock  the  world’s  key disarmament  negotiating  forum,  the  Conference  on  Disarmament; begin negotiations  for  a  Fissile  Material  Cut-off  Treaty;  and  bring  into  force  the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty as part of a series of steps aimed at achieving the total elimination of nuclear weapons."
(full statement)


Sri Lanka
– Rohan Perera, Permanent Representative to the United Nations: "Sri Lanka has reiterated in the 2010 NPT Review Conference, and subsequently in the CTBTO Ministerial Meetings, that it is taking steps to ratify the CTBT as early as possible. As part of our nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation priorities, ratification of CTBT is now recognized as an imperative need. Sri Lanka is planning a number of activities with CTBTO in the coming years, with a regional on-site Inspection Training programme towards end of this year. This is a manifestation of Sri Lanka’s commitment to realizing the goals set by CTBT."
(full statement)


Palau - Caleb Otto, Permanent Representative of Palau to the United Nations: "As a Pacific Island nation, we have a particular interest in realizing a nuclear-weapon-free world, as our region has experienced the catastrophic and ongoing humanitarian consequences of more than 300 nuclear test explosions conducted over the course of five decades."
(full statement)


Papua New Guinea - Robert G. Aisi, Permanent Representative/Ambassador to the United Nations: "As part of our international obligation to fostering global efforts for nuclear non-proliferation, Papua New Guinea is also working in close cooperation with the CTBTO Preparatory Commission. We presently host a radionuclide international monitoring station, which was recently upgraded, as part of the global network establish by the United Nations to monitor and detect atmospheric and underground nuclear weapons testing."
(full statement)


Lithuania - Raimonda Murmokaité, Permanent Representative, New York: "The international community has already agreed on a number of multilateral  building blocks for achieving a world without nuclear weapons. Two next logical steps in this direction are the early entry into force of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty and immediate start of the negotiations for the Treaty to Ban the Production of Fissile Material for Nuclear Weapons or other nuclear explosive devices (FMCT)."
(full statement)


Morocco - Omar Hilale, Permanent Representative, New York: "Morocco also deplores the considerable delay in the entry into force of the CTBT and reiterates in this regard its appeal to all the States, in particular the nuclear powers, who have not yet done so to ratify this Treaty to facilitate its entry into force in order to make the ban on nuclear testing irreversible and verifyable." [working translation from French]
(full statement)


Peru - Gustavo Meza-Cuadra, Permanent Representative, New York: "Peru reiterated its call for universal adherence to the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty and urges those States that have not yet ratified it to do so as soon as possible. Especially those listed in Annex 2 of the Treaty, whose ratification is necessary for entry into force." [working translation from Spanish]
(full statement)


Zimbabwe - Frederick M. Shava, Permanent Representative, New York: "In the same light, we also believe that the immediate entry into force of the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty (CTBT) will enhance confidence among states. The ratification of the CTBT by Annex II States must be a priority we should continue to pursue."
(full statement)


Niger - Zinabou Mindaoudou, President of the National High Authority to Nuclear Energy: "Allow me to recall that Niger adheres to the NPT, has signed agreements of Guarantee and the Additional Protocol with the IAEA and has ratified the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT).
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In the framework of the CTBT, Niger hosts a seismic station, a national data centre and is in the process of installing a radionuclide monitoring station, equipped with a noble gas detection system.
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Niger notes with satisfaction the continued efforts of the IAEA and the CTBTO and expresses its satisfaction at the cooperation it enjoys with both organizations. We reiterate our gratitude to them, as well as to all our other partners for their multi-facetted support.
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The international context remains characterized by difficulties in the area of nuclear disarmament, concerns about the possibility to build the necessary consensus and the entry into force of the CTBT which remains in limbo, inspite all of the efforts undertaken by the Secretary-General of the United Nations, the Director General of the IAEA, the Executive Secretary of the CTBTO and their colleagues.
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This is why our country recommends: ... More political will to finally enable the entry into force of the CTBT, in particular from the eight Annex 2 States of the beforementioned treaty." [working translation from French]
(full statement)


Portugal - Álvaro Mendonça e Moura, Permanent Representative to the United Nations: "Portugal firmly supports the complete fulfilment of obligations contained in Article 6 of the NPT through all appropriate measures, inter alia further reductions of nuclear arsenals, in particular by the countries with the largest arsenals; …the entry into force of the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty; and the beginning of negotiations of a Fissile Material Cut-Off Treaty based on the document CD 1299 and on the mandate contained therein."
(Transcribed from webcast)


Montenegro – Ivana Pajević, Charge d'Affaires a.i. of Montenegro to the United Nations: "Promoting and advocating prompt entry into force and universalization of the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty (CTBT) and immediate commencement of negotiations and early conclusions of negotiations on the Fissile Material Cut-off Treaty (FMCT) continue to be among key priorities."
(full statement)


Ghana – Philbert Johnson, Chargé d'Affaires/DPR, Permanent Mission to the United Nations: "We also urge states that are yet to sign and ratify the Comprehensive Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT), NPT and other related multilateral instruments devoted to disarmament and non-proliferation, to do so."
(full statement)


Brunei Darussalam – Norazlianah Ibrahim, Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations: "Brunei Darussalam also emphasises the importance of the full entry into force of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT), which requires universal adherence. With the growing concern on the continuous technology advancement and improvement of nuclear weapons delivery systems, we call on the remaining Annex 2 States, whose signature and ratification are crucial for the CTBT to enter into force, to materialise their commitment."
(full statement)


P-5 - China, Russia, France, the United Kingdom and the United States, delivered the United Kingdom: "Our commitment to nuclear disarmament extends to efforts to bring the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT) into force at an early date. We look forward to the 9th Conference on Facilitating the Entry into Force of the CTBT to be held in September in New York. We urge all states that have not done so to sign and ratify the Treaty as soon as possible to bring about its entry into force. We take this opportunity to reaffirm our own moratoria on nuclear weapons-test explosions or any other nuclear explosions pending the CTBT’s entry into force, and call on other states to do likewise. The CTBT constrains the development and qualitative improvement of nuclear weapons and thereby provides an effective disarmament and nonproliferation measure.
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We are working closely with the Preparatory Commission for the CTBT Organization in Vienna on the development of the Treaty’s verification regime, including its International Monitoring System, International Data Centre, and On-Site Inspection. Since the 2010 Review Conference, we have contributed extensively to the development of the Treaty’s on-site inspection element, supplying personnel, equipment, and research. This has been in addition to our long standing efforts to reinforce the organization’s detection capability through contributions in-kind and expert participation in Working Groups. Against this backdrop, we welcome the highly successful Integrated Field Exercise in Jordan late last year. We also call for all signatories to support efforts to complete the necessary preparation for the effective implementation of the CTBT’s verification regime on its entry into force. In this regard, we recall our joint statement, issued following the 2015 P5 London Conference, on minimizing the impact of medical isotope production on the global radioactive monitoring activity, while recognizing that medical isotope production is critically important."
(full statement)


Guatemala – Mónica Bolaños, Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations: "We believe it is essential to maintain the moratorium on nuclear testing until the CTBT enters into force. We reiterate the support of our country for this Treaty, and we appeal to all those countries which have not done so sign and ratify this important instrument, in particular the countries which are known as the countries of Annex 2, included in Annex 2, without their accession, it is impossible for the Treaty to enter into force."
(transcribed from webcast)


Nicaragua – Jaime Hermida Castillo, Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations: "Nicaragua is a State Party to the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty and the Treaty on the Non-proliferation of Nuclear Weapons and we call for their universalization." [working translation from Spanish]
(full statement)

Maldives – Jeffrey Salim Waheed, Chargé d'Affaires, a.i., Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations: "Thus, there are still countries that expand their arms, continue research into new nuclear warheads and delivery vehicles, and even those that still continue to conduct nuclear tests.
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We need all States that have nuclear weapons to honour their commitments to full disarmament and to refrain from nuclear testing."
(full statement)

 

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