Vienna, 1 September 2006 Press release

Winkler: "Important contribution to nuclear disarmament by Vienna-based organization"


State Secretary Hans Winkler at a symposium on the occasion of the tenth anniversary of the Nuclear Test Ban Treaty

Vienna, 1 September 2006 - At yesterday's symposium organised by the Vienna-based secretariat of the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO), State Secretary Hans Winkler stressed the necessity of a swift entry into force of the Nuclear Test Ban Treaty.

This Treaty provides for a comprehensive ban on all nuclear tests involving a nuclear chain reaction, thus constituting an essential contribution to increasing international security in the field of nuclear disarmament.

The worldwide network of CTBTO observation stations, which is being established on the basis of this Treaty, will not only identify and register illegal nuclear testing but also bring important additional civil and scientific benefits such as early tsunami warning and the enhancement of civil aviation security.

"However, the comprehensive merits of this system can be fully utilised only if the Treaty is finally ratified by ten states that have not yet done so," emphasised Winkler. Austria took this step as early as 1998.

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