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CTBT ratification a chance for Indonesia

  • Peni Hanggarini

DeKalb, Illinois   /   Thu, February 17 2011   /  10:39 am

Progress is being made on Indonesia’s idea for a ratification of the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty (CTBT), as Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa submitted a bill on the ratification to the House.In this paper, Muhammad Najib, on Monday Jan. 24, 2011 argued that Indonesia should ratify in order to increase its international reputation. Regardless, it will be difficult to make the large and powerful countries comply.  The idea of ratification was spelled out by Marty, on May 3, 2010 at the opening of the 2010 Review Conference of the Parties to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT). Even though there was no wide response from Indonesians, Ban Ki-moon, UN Secretary General, and Michael Douglas, UN Special Envoy on CTBT, praised this initiative. The pending of ratification by Indonesia of the CTBT, which has already been signed in 1996, seems merely hinde...