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Vatican rep at UN says it's time to end nuclear weapons tests

The Vatican nuncio to the United Nations said on Sunday that "the time has come for the world to end all nuclear weapons testing."

Archbishop Renato R. Martino made his statement in support of efforts to secure approval of the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty.

He noted that the Vatican ratified the treaty in July to express its "firm conviction that nuclear weapons are incompatible with the peace we seek for the 21st century."

He said, "Today, the Holy See adds its voice to those who appeal to the states whose ratification is necessary for the entry into force of the treaty." The nuncio spoke on the first day of a three-day conference at UN headquarters in New York on "facilitating the entry into force" of the treaty.