Statement by the Press Secretary/Director-General for Press and Public Relations, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, on the Ratification of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT) by Algeria

July 22, 2003

  1. On July 11, Algeria deposited its instrument of ratification of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT) with the United Nations. As Algeria is one of the countries, whose ratifications are required for the entry into force of the Treaty (Annex II countries), Japan highly values and welcomes Algeria's ratification as an action to give impetus to the international nuclear non-proliferation and disarmament.

  2. To facilitate the early entry-into-force of the Treaty, Japan has made active approaches particularly to non-ratified Annex II countries. Japan therefore considers the recent ratification by Algeria as a sign of these Japan's efforts being taken into account.

  3. Upon Algeria's decision, Japan intends to continue to urge the remaining 12 Annex II countries to ratify the Treaty as early as possible for the early entry-into-force of the Treaty and will also continue its diplomatic efforts to further promote nuclear non-proliferation and disarmament.

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