Didier Reynders reaffirms support to the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders welcomes the reappointment of Mr. Lassina Zerbo on 7 November as Executive Secretary of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organisation (CTBTO). During a meeting with Mr. Zerbo on 3 November, Minister Reynders reiterated the Belgian support for the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT).
The biggest challenge remains the non-ratification of the Treaty by 8 states, preventing its entry into force. The CTBT must be made irreversible and legally binding for all States in order to achieve the complete prohibition of nuclear tests. For Belgium, an active supporter of the objectives of the CTBT for the last 20 years, it is essential that these eight countries ratify the treaty, as nuclear tests are already considered illegal, and only the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea has conducted tests in the 21st century. This norm, which is only violated by a single country, puts an effective halt to the proliferation of nuclear weapons and the development of new types of more sophisticated weapons.
Belgium will pursue its commitment to the entry into force of the CTBT, a key step towards our common goal of a world free of nuclear weapons, in accordance with the Non-Proliferation Treaty. Belgium welcomes the progress accomplished by the CTBTO, which is based in Vienna. Through a global network of monitoring stations, that send their data to an international data centre, possible nuclear tests can be detected with greater certainty.