CTBTO Executive Secretary Tibor Toth
welcomes the adoption of a final document
at the 2010 NPT Review Conference
Vienna, Austria, 29 May 2010
“I warmly welcome the adoption of a final document by the 2010 Review Conference of the Parties to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT). This is crucial for reinvigorating multilateralism in general and nuclear non-proliferation and disarmament in particular,” Tibor Tóth, the Executive Secretary of the Preparatory Commission for the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO), said in a comment.
“The strong commitment of the Conference to the cessation of all nuclear explosions and the reaffirmation of the vital importance of the entry into force of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT) are significant pledges. There can be no strong NPT without a CTBT in force,” Tóth said.
“At the last Conference on Facilitating Entry into Force of the CTBT in September 2009, the CTBT ratifying and signatory States agreed by consensus to spare no effort and use all avenues to encourage further signature and ratification of the Treaty. Convinced of the importance of achieving the CTBT’s entry into force, they urged all States to remain seized of the issue at the highest political level and support and encourage bilateral, regional and multilateral initiatives to promote the entry into force of the Treaty,” Tóth said.
“It is now time for each and every country to act on the commitments made: it is time to bring the CTBT in force,” Tóth said.
182 States, the vast majority of the international community, have signed the CTBT, underscoring their support for a definitive ban on nuclear testing. 153 of these have also ratified the Treaty. Nine remaining States need to ratify the Treaty for entry into force: China, Egypt, Indonesia, Iran, Israel and the United States have to ratify the Treaty, whereas the DPRK, India and Pakistan have to sign and ratify it. On 3 May 2010, Indonesia stated it had initiated the CTBT ratification process.
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