Ban urges remaining States to sign and ratify CTBTListen /
A comprehensive ban on nuclear tests is an indispensable step on the road to a nuclear-weapon-free world. And it is the only fitting response to the hopes of those people who have suffered most from the production, testing and use of these weapons, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Friday in remarks to the Eighth Conference on Facilitating the Entry into Force of the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty.
The Secretary-General called on all members of the international community to break the stagnation in the disarmament process.
“We must secure the CTBT's entry into force, enforce a complete ban on nuclear testing and take further concrete steps towards creating a world without nuclear weapons. History teaches that we have to be diligent in pressing for ratification. The international community cannot afford anything near this long wait to revive efforts to outlaw nuclear testing if the CTBT fails to enter into force.”
Secretary-General Ban urged all remaining States to sign and ratify CTBT without further delay, noting that he was making the call on behalf of all people in our world who adamantly oppose the development of these indiscriminate weapons and yearn for a safer world.
Donn Bobb, United Nations.