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Vatican wants ban on all nuclear tests

The Holy See has appealed to the international community to adopt the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty, as a step towards "fostering a climate of trust, cooperation and respect between all states".

Monsignor Pietro Parolin, undersecretary of the Section for Relations with States of the Vatican Secretariat of State, presented the appeal in an address to the 3rd Conference on Facilitating the Entry into Force of the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty.

"The implementation of a system of comprehensive and complete disarmament would be an indispensable aspect of a practical realization of a culture of life and peace," he said. "A so-called peace based on nuclear weapons cannot be the type of peace we seek for the 21st century," he said.

The Holy See ratified the treaty in July 2001, in order to "advance the promotion of a culture of peace based upon the primacy of law and of respect for human life".

"The Holy See wishes to express its profound conviction that the time is ripe for the nations of the world to put a definitive end to all nuclear weapons testing," he said.

Monsignor Parolin also restated the Holy See's "appeal to all those states that have not yet signed or ratified the treaty to do so as soon as possible."

"Any accumulated delay inevitably increases the risk that nuclear testing will resume and nonproliferation be much harder to sustain," he said.


Vatican Address on Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty (Text)
Preparatory Commission for the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty Organisation | Conference on Facilitating the Entry into Force of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (Article XIV Conference)
Vatican Secretariat of State | 2001 Anti-Nuclear Treaty intervention
Vatican diplomat appeals for ratification of nuclear test ban treaty (Catholic News Service)

8 Sep 2003