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Australia welcomes new support for the nuclear test ban treaty.



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MEDIA RELEASE MINISTER FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS THE HON STEPHEN SMITH, MP

FA 025 5 February 2008

AUSTRALIA WELCOMES NEW SUPPORT FOR THE NUCLEAR TEST BAN TREATY

I welcome the recent ratifications of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT) by Colombia, Malaysia and Barbados.

The entry into force of the CTBT is an objective strongly supported by this Government. The Treaty has near universal support - having been signed by 178 countries, and ratified by 144. Colombia is one of the 44 countries whose ratification is necessary for the Treaty to enter into force. Colombia’s very welcome ratification means that only nine of those 44 countries have yet to ratify the Treaty.

Malaysia’s ratification is also very welcome, and is a valuable sign of support for the Treaty by countries in Australia’s region.

I urge all other countries that have yet to ratify the CTBT, especially those amongst the remaining nine whose ratification is required for entry into force, to do so at the earliest opportunity.