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Southeast Asia to be declared nuclear weapon free zone by protocol

07-09-2012 17:00 BJT

In Phnom Penh, the signing ceremony for the Treaty of Southeast Asia Nuclear Weapon-Free Zone at the meeting of ASEAN Foreign Ministers is going on.

Cambodian senior officials say that after 12 years of negotiations, the five recognized nuclear-weapon states have finally agreed to sign on the protocol to the treaty. They are the United States, the United Kingdom, France, China and Russia. The protocol requires them not to violate the treaty in any way, and not to use or threaten to use nuclear weapons within the Southeast Asia Nuclear Weapon-Free Zone. In addition, the five nations will commit to stopping nuclear weapon proliferation and testing in the Southeast Asia.

Attendees are seated during the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN)
Foreign Ministers' Meeting at the Peace Palace in Phnom Penh.

ASEAN leaders signed the Southeast Asia Nuclear Weapon-Free Zone Treaty in Bangkok, Thailand on December 15, 1995 and it took effect two years later.

The negotiations between ASEAN and the five recognized nuclear-weapon states on the protocol have been held since May 2001. The Association of Southeast Asian Nations groups Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.


Editor:Bai Yang |Source: CNTV.CN

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