MINISTER FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS
16 April 1999
Australia Welcomes New Ratifications Of The Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty
I welcome the four new ratifications of the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty (CTBT) that have taken place so far this year.
The Governments of Finland, Italy, The Netherlands, and South Africa ratified the Treaty on 15 January, 1 February, 23 March and 30 March respectively.
These countries are included on the list of the 44 specific States required to ratify the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty to enable it to enter into force. Of these 44 States, 17 have now ratified.
I also welcome the 13 April decision by the Republic of Korea's Cabinet to approve ratification of the CTBT and to complete the ratification process by mid-year. The ROK is also one of the 44 States required to ratify the Treaty to enable it to enter into force.
Encouraging the greatest possible number of signatures and ratifications of the CTBT is important in maintaining the strength and momentum of the Treaty, particularly in the lead up to the inaugural Article XIV Conference on Entry-Into-Force of the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty, scheduled for later this year.
Ratification of the Treaty by these countries sends a powerful message to those countries that have not yet signed/ratified the Treaty or who may be doubting the strength of the Treaty following the South Asian nuclear tests of last year.
I urge all those countries that have not signed/ratified the
Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty to do so as soon as possible
to strengthen the global no-testing norm embodied in it.
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Minister - Innes Willox 02 6277 7500
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