Indonesia calls for elimination of nuke weapons

Jakarta (ANTARA News) - Indonesia has urged countries with nuclear weapon to start dismantling their nuclear arms given the magnitude of its impact against humanity, according to a Foreign Ministry statement on Tuesday.

The statement was made by Ambassador Dian Triansyah Djani, Permanent Representative to the United Nations in New York, at the Conference on the treaty banning nuclear weapons in New York on March 27.

"The security situation in the world today is very worrying, because of the threat of nuclear weapons. Therefore, the only way to counter the threat of nuclear weapons is its total elimination from the world," Djani stated before the UN Secretary General and participating countries.

According to Djani, countries with nuclear weapons have so far made security as a reason to legitimize its possession.

Instead, Djani viewed that the existence of nuclear weapons is increasingly threatening global security. To that end, Indonesia strongly supports and actively participates in the negotiations to ban nuclear weapons.

Treaty negotiations conference on the ban of nuclear weapons is being held in New York from March 27 to March 31, 2017. The conference is being attended by the High Representative of the UN Secretary General for Disarmament, the President of the UN General Assembly, and UN member states.

The meeting is the implementation of the UN General Assembly resolution passed in Oct 2016.

"Indonesia is of the view that the treaty banning nuclear weapons must be strong and assertive so that it would not have loopholes that legitimizes the existence of nuclear weapons in the world," Djani noted.

He also stressed on the importance of ensuring the implementation of the principles of that treaty.

Djani pointed out that countries in possession of nuclear weapons do not have to worry that the treaty being negotiated to ban nuclear weapons would weaken the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT). In contrast, the new treaty would strengthen and complement the NPT.

The conference on the treaty banning nuclear weapons is the first of the two rounds of negotiations that have been planned. The next round of negotiations will be held in New York from June 15 to July 7, 2017.(*)