PUTRAJAYA SEPT.30: Malaysia reaffirms its unwavering commitment and support towards the total elimination of nuclear weapons by signing the instrument of ratification of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW).
Minister of Foreign Affairs, Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein signed the instrument of ratifying TPNW on behalf of the Government of Malaysia in a ceremony held here today.
The signing ceremony was witnessed by representatives from the ministries and government agencies, members of diplomatic corps, representatives from international and non-governmental and civil society organizations.
“Ratifying the TPNW is Malaysia’s effort to advance the cause of nuclear disarmament on the international stage.
“The Treaty will come into force 90 days after the instrument of ratification is presented to the United Nations. To date, 46 states have ratified the Treaty.
“Malaysia signed the TPNW as soon as it was opened for signature on 20th September 2017. By ratifying the Treaty, Malaysia is contributing to the Treaty entering into force and urges other states to follow suit,” said Hishammuddin in a statement today.
The statement added, the TPNW adopted on 7th July 2017 prohibits all activities related to nuclear weapons including its development, testing, manufacturing, acquisition, possession, stockpiling, using, and stationing. The Treaty is also the first instance in international law that the threat of use of nuclear weapons is outlawed.
Hishammuddin said the entry into force of the TPNW complements international law regarding nuclear disarmament, including the treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT).
The TPNW further reinforces the norm that nuclear weapons are unacceptable, should not be used, should not be threatened to be used, and need to be discarded and destroyed as soon as possible.
“Malaysia hopes that ratifying the TPNW will change the nuclear disarmament discourse from one dominated by the nuclear weapons and nuclear-armed States to one which is more democratic, equitable and where all States have an equal voice,” Hishammuddin reiterated. –Malaysia World News