Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today urged the international community speed up the entry into force of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT), stressing it is indispensable to move forward on the disarmament agenda.
“I call on all members of the international community to break the stagnation in the disarmament process. We must secure the CTBT’s entry into force, enforce a complete ban on nuclear testing and take further concrete steps towards creating a world without nuclear weapons,” Mr. Ban told the eighth conference on facilitating the entry into force of the CTBT, held at United Nations Headquarters on the margins of the General Assembly’s high-level debate.
The CTBT bans all nuclear explosions in all environments, for military or civilian purposes. It was adopted by the General Assembly in September 1996 but has not yet entered into force.
Out of a total listed number of 195 States, 183 have so far signed the CTBT and 161 have ratified it. For the treaty to enter into force, ratification is required from the so-called “Annex 2 States.” Of these, China, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Egypt, India, Iran, Israel, Pakistan and the United States have yet to ratify.
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#Syria – Latest Updates – Tuesday 24 to Wedenesday 25 – As UN Chemical Experts Are IN Damascus #Peace

Wednesday, September 25
08:54 GMT: UN chemical experts have once again returned to Damascus, AFP says.

Tuesday, September 24
17:00 GMT: The solution to the Syrian conflict must be a political one, as too much time has been wasted in solving the country’s crisis, French President Francois Hollande said in his speech at the opening day of the UN General Assembly.

But the French president reiterated that the UN Security Council resolution on Syria should include the application of Chapter 7 of the UN Charter, which allows the use of military force.

16:44 GMT: The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons has approved a draft resolution on Syria, a diplomatic source told the RIA Novosti news agency. The source added that the organization did not have any outstanding issues with the proposal, and added that the UN Security Council would draft a resolution only after the OPCW presented its version. https://acenewsservices.com/2013/09/03/syria-crisis-live-as-it-happens-when-it-happens-peace/

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Obama Meeting with Iranian Leader Could Be Complicated – To Say The Least

***USATODAY.com Breaking News***
A senior administration official said dynamics in Iran made even a casual meeting between the new Iranian leader and President Obama too complicated to manage during the U.N. General Assembly.
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