Vienna, 18 November 2021 (TDI): The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Timor-Leste, Adaljiza Magno visited the headquarters of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO) in Vienna, Austria.

Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization

The Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO) is an international organization. Established in 1996, it is the embodiment of a convention that outlaws nuclear weapons tests; Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty. The organization verifies the ban on nuclear tests. It also operates a worldwide monitoring system and conducts on-site inventories.

Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty

The Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty (CTBT) prohibits any and every kind of nuclear explosion. It has 185 signatory countries. 170 states have ratified the treaty. CTBT is an arms control treaty like the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and the Chemical Weapons Convention. The Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste or East Timor signed the treaty CTBT in 2008.

During her visit, Adaljiza Magno met with Robert Floyd, the Executive Secretary of CTBTO. The two discussed a wide range of subjects pertaining to mutual concerns; from areas of engagement and cooperation to display the operation of the international monitoring system and data center.

The Foreign Minister of Timor-Leste and Dr. Floyd also discussed the further ratification of the CTBT. Timor-Leste intends to explore possible future cooperation with CTBTO in the realms of climate research, technical assistance along with tsunami warnings.

She was briefed about the international verification system with its scientific and civilian applications. She also toured the CTBTO facilities, including the Operations Centre, to observe the international monitoring system in action.

Earlier, Foreign Minister Adaljiza Magno also visited Glasgow, Scotland to attend the COP26. Timor-Leste is one of the most vulnerable countries to the impact of climate change. She participated in the international convention to represent the Least Developed Countries (LDCs) and the impact of climate change on such countries.