Boukadoum: Algeria to ratify Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons “as soon as possible”

APS : Monday, 05 October 2020

ALGIERS/NEW YORK (United Nations) – Foreign Minister Sabri Boukadoum reaffirmed Sunday during his participation in the works of the UN GA high-level meeting marking the celebration of the International Day for the Total Elimination
of Nuclear Weapons, Algeria’s determination to ratify “as soon as possible” the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.

During the videoconference meeting, Boukadoum stressed that “Algeria, which has always suffered from the disastrous consequences caused by the nuclear explosions carried out on its soil during the colonial era on its population and the environment, has been among the first countries to sign the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW), adopted under the supervision of Algeria which was then president of the first Committee of the UN General Assembly in 2017.”

“We are firmly convinced that the greatest threats on Humanity and the survival of all the civilizations will persist as far as the nuclear weapons are not totally eliminated. The lifting of the nuclear weapons legitimacy represents a crucial stage to shield the world from all these dangers. This is why Algeria has adhered and supported the process for a total ban of nuclear weapons,” said Boukadoum.
He added that Algeria “shares the apprehensions of other non-nuclear countries regarding the limited progress in complying with commitments to
nuclear disarmament, especially as we see, on the contrary, an expansion of nuclear weapons, which constitutes a violation of legal obligations regarding nuclear disarmament “.

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