Vienna, 29 August 2012 Press release

Spindelegger on International Day Against Nuclear Weapons Testing

Vienna, 29 August 2012 – “The International Day Against Nuclear Weapons Testing reminds us all of the fact that the risk of a nuclear war has long not been abolished”, Austrian Vice-Chancellor and Foreign Minister Michael Spindelegger said to mark the special solidarity day. “We must continue to work with all our strength to achieve peaceful coexistence without a nuclear threat. The Vienna-based Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organisation represents a milestone on the way to a world without nuclear weapons. Austria will not cease to campaign for a world without nuclear weapons”, Spindelegger said.

The UN General Assembly unanimously declared the 29th of August to be the International Day Against Nuclear Weapons Testing in 2009. All member states of the Vienna based Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organisation (CTBTO) have undertaken the obligation not to carry out nuclear weapons testing and have thus placed a bar on the further development of this most terrible of all weapons of mass destruction. A number of key states are still missing from the CTBTO, however, who are needed for achieving a breakthrough with this contract (CTBT). “I thus appeal to all those states that have not yet ratified the CTBT to quickly do so”, the Vice-Chancellor concluded.

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