Indonesia backs universal adherence to NPT

Indonesia backs universal adherence to NPT

Jakarta (ANTARA) - Indonesia has remained unwavering in its stance to prioritize the issue of nuclear disarmament and lend enduring, unequivocal support to advance the goals of the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT).

Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi reaffirmed this commitment at the High-Level Briefing on Supporting the Non-Proliferation Treaty prior to the 2020 Review Conference in New York on Monday (Apr 2).

The UN Security Council convened under the presidency of Germany this month, with the German and French foreign ministers leading the meeting to shed light on the increasingly limited advancement in negotiations on nuclear disarmament.

According to the Indonesian Foreign Affairs Ministry's press statement on Wednesday, Indonesia pushed for the main objective of the NPT to be applied through the full, non-discriminatory, and balanced implementation of its three-pillar system comprising disarmament, non-proliferation, and peaceful use of nuclear energy.

However, the NPT agreement's implementation is yet viewed as being impartial and fails to offer adequate concern to the access of developing nations to the peaceful use of nuclear technology.

The year 2020 will mark the 50th, or golden anniversary of the NPT, and is expected to offer the necessary momentum to realize the total elimination of nuclear weapons. Indonesia continues to don a notable part in this process, as chair of the Non-Aligned Movement Working Group on non-proliferation and disarmament, thus being the voice of a group of developing nations.

Indonesia has emphasized that the 2020 NPT Review Conference's outcome should be successful, with the focus laid on positive steps for the future, that encompasses assuring the sovereign right of each nation to use nuclear energy for peaceful purposes.

Indonesia also reaffirms its commitment to ensuring constructive engagement with all parties with regard to nuclear disarmament and to help in realizing a safer, more peaceful, and prosperous world.

"The survival of humanity will be determined by our courage to eradicate nuclear weapons forever," the Indonesian foreign minister emphasized.  EDITED BY INE