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Indonesia Conveys Nuclear Weapons Must Be Destroyed at UN Forum

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Indonesia Conveys Nuclear Weapons Must Be Destroyed at UN Forum

JAKARTA, Timerilis.com – Minister of Foreign Affairs Retno Marsudi
conveyed a national statement to destroy nuclear weapons in a joint event between Indonesia and ASEAN.

“The only way to prevent the misuse and eliminate the threat of nuclear weapons is to totally and thoroughly destroy them,” Retno said at the High-Level Plenary Meeting. Commemorating the International Day for the Total Destruction of Nuclear Weapons at the United Nations (UN) Headquarters, New York, United States, Tuesday (26/09/2023).

Retno emphasized ASEAN’s commitment and encouraged the commitment of all parties to disarmament and nonproliferation of weapons.

“ASEAN continues to be committed to encouraging global efforts for disarmament and nonproliferation of weapons. However, ASEAN is concerned about the waning commitment of countries to fulfill their obligations,” she said.

The Foreign Minister also called on countries to comply and fulfill their obligations to various international treaties, including the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT), the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty (CTBT), and the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW).

The NPT is the main reference for countries in global efforts for nuclear disarmament, nonproliferation, and the use of nuclear energy for peaceful purposes. According to the Foreign Minister, strong political will is needed to maintain the integrity and implement this treaty effectively.

“ASEAN calls on nuclear weapon states to fulfill their commitments and obligations as required by the NPT,” Retno explained.

Retno also conveyed ASEAN’s position that strongly rejects nuclear testing, as stipulated in the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons Tests (CTBT). ASEAN calls on countries to comply with the treaty and encourages countries that have not signed and ratified the treaty to do so immediately.

Closing the ASEAN Joint Statement, the minister expressed the importance of the comprehensive implementation of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW).

“ASEAN continues to be committed to creating a Southeast Asian region free from nuclear weapons and from other weapons of mass destruction,” she explained.

Meanwhile, in the Indonesian government’s national statement, Retno conveyed two important things that need to be done. First, creating a world free of nuclear weapons.

“The destruction of nuclear weapons must be carried out and included in an important global agenda through the New Agenda for Peace proposed by the UN Secretary-General in strengthening multilateralism and creating peace,” she said.

Second, it ensures the right to be able to develop and utilize nuclear energy for peaceful purposes. Retno emphasized the importance of close collaboration in utilizing nuclear technology including for agriculture, health, and industry. The utilization of nuclear energy for peaceful purposes will contribute significantly to the achievement of the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

“That way, the ‘doomsday clock’ hand does not need to reach midnight,” he explained.