New York, 27. September 2007 Press release

Plassnik: "Existence of weapons of mass destruction not to be accepted"

27.09.2007

Foreign Minister Ursula Plassnik presents UN Secretary-General with results of CTBT Conference

New York, 27 September 2007 - "We need a revival and relaunch of the multilateral efforts for disarmament. Unilateralism is a dead-end street. At the same time, we must not simply accept the existence of weapons of mass destruction," stated Foreign Minister Ursula Plassnik on the margins of the UN General Assembly. During her stay in New York the Foreign Minister took the occasion, together with her Costa Rican counterpart Bruno Stagno Ugarte and CTBTO Director General Tibor Toth, to present to the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon the results of the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty (CTBT) Conference held in Vienna last week.

"The worldwide efforts for disarmament and the non-proliferation of nuclear weapons must be further strengthened. In this context the Nuclear Test Ban Treaty is the right approach," stated the Foreign Minister, referring to the nuclear test in North Korea on 9 October 2006, which was the first test of the global monitoring system that is being consistently developed and extended by CTBTO. "Although the system is not yet complete, the network of monitoring stations worked flawlessly, thus proving impressively the organisation’s added value," asserted the Foreign Minister.

The declaration of the Viennese CTBT Conference called upon all states to join the Nuclear Test Ban Treaty without delay and refrain from carrying out any further nuclear tests. "I hope that the conference in Vienna will contribute to a new momentum. In particular, this is a call upon the USA - its ratification of the Nuclear Test Ban Treaty would send out a strong signal to the international community," concluded the Foreign Minister.

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