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Jakarta Post

More than just ratifying CTBT

  • Muhamad Najib

Jakarta   /   Mon, January 24 2011   /  09:35 am

At the end of the recent House of Representatives’ sitting session, Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa submitted a bill on the ratification of the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty (CTBT).  In the current session, the House’s Commission I on foreign affairs and defense is opening opportunities to all stakeholders, including scholars, NGO activists and public figures, to provide input. Input recently came from the National Atomic Energy Agency (Batan) and Nuclear Energy Regulatory Agency (Bapeten ). For the majority of the Commission I, it is not an issue of whether or not to ratify this international treaty but more about when and how to go about doing it in the best manner possible. As Indonesia does not have any ambition of manufacturing nuclear weapons of its own, this is not a difficult decision to make. The challenge, rather, is how Indonesia’s eagerness to ratify the...