On August 26, 2020 Permanent Representative of Georgia to the United Nations Ambassador Kaha Imnadze delivered a statement on behalf of the Group of Eastern European States, with the exception of the Russian Federation, in the margins of the virtual high-level plenary meeting of the General Assembly to commemorate and promote the International Day against Nuclear Tests.
In his statement Ambassador Imnadze underlined that awareness of the continued threat and consequences that nuclear tests pose to the people, environment and international security should be enhanced. It was noted that during the last 7 decades, more than 2000 nuclear tests were carried out around the world, bringing devastation to the local populations and high contamination to the environment of our planet.
Ambassador Imnadze highlighted the utmost importance of the entry into force and universalization of the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty (CTBT) and called on all States that have yet to sign or ratify the CTBT to do so without further delay, in particular Annex 2 states whose ratification is needed for the Treaty’s entry into force.
Full statement: Statement EEG GEO CTBT-FINAL.pdf