Statement by the Spokesman of the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs
France welcomes the announcement made by the Indonesian Foreign Affairs Minister, Marty Natalegawa, on Monday, May 3, of his country’s intention to ratify the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT). We hope this ratification will take place very soon. This will bring the number of States Parties to the Treaty to 152.
This announcement, which was made on the first day of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty Review Conference in New York, is all the more important since Indonesia belongs to the 44 States that possessed nuclear reactors when the CTBT was negotiated in 1996, and whose ratification is required in order for the Treaty to enter into force.
France, which, since September, has been coordinating, together with Morocco, the international community’s efforts to promote the swift entry into force of the CTBT, urges all of the States that have not yet proceeded with ratification to do so; it hopes that the announcement by Indonesia will encourage the other eight States, whose ratification remains essential for the entry into force of the Treaty, to take this decision as swiftly as possible.
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