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PSR endorses CTBT Statement at NPT meeting
Jill Marie Parillo
May 5, 2009
This afternoon NGO's were given the floor at the NPT PrepCom. Daryl Kimball, Executive Director of the Arms Control Association, made a great statement on, "Realizing the Promise of the CTBT." The Statement was endorsed by over 20 leading experts and organizations in the arms control community, including endorsement of PSR Executive Director, Dr. Peter Wilk.
To the right is a picture of Daryl Kimball right before he spoke with Jean du Preez, Director of the International Organization and Nonproliferation Program at Monterrey Institute. Mr. du Preez will soon be working in Vienna for the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty (CTBT) Organization.
A few quotes from Daryl’s statement :
- The history of the nuclear age makes clear that opportunities to reduce the risks posed by nuclear weapons are often fleeting. When the right political conditions are in place, government leaders must seize the chance to make progress. Now is such a time.
- CTBT ratification has long been considered essential to the fulfillment of Article VI of the NPT and the goal of "effective measures relating to cessation of the nuclear arms race at an early date and to nuclear disarmament."
- The CTBT also serves to reinforce the nonproliferation system by acting as a downstream confidence-building measure about a state’s nuclear intentions and, in this regard, it can help head-off and de-escalate regional tensions.
- It would also help create the conditions necessary for the realization of a zone free of nuclear weapons and other weapons of mass destruction in the Middle East, as called for in the Middle East Resolution adopted by the 1995 NPT Review Conference.
- India and Pakistan could substantially ease regional tensions and demonstrate nuclear restraint by converting their unilateral test moratoria into a legally-binding commitment to end nuclear testing through the CTBT.
- With the CTBT in force, global and national capabilities to detect and deter possible clandestine nuclear testing by other states will be significantly greater. Entry-into-force is essential to making short-notice, on-site inspections possible.
- Last fall, the UN General Assembly voted 175-1 in favor of The CTBT — and we expect that the one "no" vote by the United States to become a "yes" vote this year. We applaud those states that support of the Treaty and make their full financial contribution to the build-up and operation of the international monitoring and verification system.
Click here for the text of the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty.