Vatican ratifies anti-nuclear treaty

 The Vatican announced today that they have ratified the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty. at the UN. Archbishop Renato R. Martino, Apostolic Nuncio and Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the United Nations, deposited the Holy See's 'Instrument of Ratification of the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty (CTBT) with the Treaty Section of the Department of Legal Affairs of the United Nations Organization. The CTBT, which was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly on 10 September 1996, was signed by the Holy See on 24 September of that same year. In ratifying the treaty, the Vatican reaffirms what it stated five years ago - that: "the Holy See is convinced that in the sphere of nuclear weapons, the banning of tests and the further development of these weapons, disarmament and non-proliferation are closely linked and must be achieved as quickly as possible under effective international controls." In presenting the Instrument of Ratification, Archbishop Martino reiterated the Holy See's firm conviction that "nuclear weapons are incompatible with the peace we seek for the 21st Century." Archbishop Martino also expressed Vatican support for ending the illegal arms trade of weapons - particularly used by the criminal world, terrorists and drugs syndicates. And he reaffirmed support for the Convention on the Total Elimination of Land Mines, the Chemical Weapons Convention and the Biological Weapons Treaty. Archbishop Martino said: "The conscience of humanity must make it strikingly clear that all weapons of mass destruction violate the very principles of peaceful co-existence, collaboration and solidarity among nations and peoples." For the full text of the treaty and Archbishop Martino's statement, visit the Vatican website (through our Links Pages, or go to:

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