Jakarta (ANTARA) - Foreign Affairs Minister Retno Marsudi welcomed the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW) Bill's ratification that she said aligns with the mandate of the Indonesian Constitution to help maintain world peace and security.

"The ratification of the TPNW has an important value to emphasize that the possession and use of nuclear weapons cannot be justified for any reason," Marsudi noted during a press statement via video recording during her working visit to England on Tuesday (November 21).

In addition, TPNW Bill's ratification is important to complement the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) and other existing multilateral instruments, she highlighted.

"With this ratification, our national legal infrastructure will also become stronger to encourage international peace," Marsudi remarked.

The TPNW Law will complement several international instruments earlier ratified by Indonesia, namely the NPT, Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty (CTBT), and the Southeast Asian Nuclear-Weapon-Free-Zone Treaty (SEANWFZ).

"I hope that more countries will ratify the TPNW to put pressure on nuclear-possessing countries and also to create strong anti-nuclear weapons norms," she emphasized.

According to Marsudi, Indonesia continues to maintain international security and peace, including by mainstreaming the agenda of comprehensive nuclear disarmament.

She noted that the ratification of the TPNW Bill into law would guarantee the right to use nuclear energy for peaceful purposes without discrimination.

From the start, Indonesia has played an active role in initiating the TPNW as one of the vice presidents at the TPNW Negotiation Conference, representing the Asia-Pacific region. Indonesia is also among the first 50 countries to sign the TPNW.

To date, TPNW has been signed by 93 countries. Among the 69 countries that have ratified the treaty, six are ASEAN members, namely Cambodia, Laos, Malaysia, the Philippines, Thailand, and Vietnam.

This ratification was agreed at the 9th Plenary Meeting of the Indonesian House of Representatives (DPR RI) in Jakarta on Tuesday that was witnessed by Minister of Law and Human Rights, Yasonna Laoly, and Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Pahala Mansury.

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Translator: Yashinta Difa P, Resinta Sulistiyandari
Editor: Azis Kurmala
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