Federal Foreign Minister Dr Frank-Walter Steinmeier welcomes Malaysia's ratification of the Comprehensive Nuclear Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT). He issued the following statement in Berlin today (21 January):
"Nuclear disarmament and strengthening nuclear non-proliferation are key concerns of German foreign policy. That is why I am pleased that Malaysia has acceded to the Comprehensive Nuclear Test-Ban Treaty. This is an important step. Malaysia's ratification brings us closer to universal application. I once again call upon all states which have not yet signed or ratified the Comprehensive Nuclear Test-Ban Treaty to do so as soon as possible."
The aim of the Comprehensive Nuclear Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT) dating from 1996 is a comprehensive ban on nuclear tests. 178 of 192 states have signed to date, 143 have ratified. For the Treaty to enter into force, 44 states named in the Treaty also have to ratify. With Malaysia six of the ten ASEAN states have now done so.