Nuclear issue - Non-proliferation - Meeting between M. Jean-Marc Ayrault and Mr Lassina Zerbo, CTBTO Executive Secretary (Paris, 20 January 2017)


Jean-Marc Ayrault, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development, had a meeting with Mr Lassina Zerbo, Executive Secretary of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO).

The Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty, which prohibits all nuclear explosions, is one of the essential instruments of nuclear disarmament and the international non-proliferation regime.

France was the first nuclear-weapon state to ratify it back in 1998, with the United Kingdom. It promotes its entry into force and its universal application.

M. Ayrault and Mr Zerbo discussed the measures enabling progress to be made on bringing the treaty into force as swiftly as possible and strengthening CTBTO’s monitoring system. The CTBTO plays an essential role in combating proliferation – particularly when it comes to the nuclear tests conducted by North Korea, which threaten international security.

During his visit to France, Mr Zerbo also had meetings at the Ministry of Defence and the Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission. He will participate in a round table organized by the Strategic Research Foundation.