Statement by H.E. Mr. Mitsuru Kitano, Permanent Representative, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Japan to the International Organizations in Vienna at the Forty-Sixth Session of the Preparatory Commission for the CTBTO

Thank you, Mr. Chairman,

Let me take this opportunity to thank you, Mr. Chairman, and the PTS for preparing this meeting and the Executive Secretary for his opening remarks and reports.

Mr. Chairman,

This year we commemorate the 20th anniversary of the opening for signature of the CTBT and the establishment of the Preparatory Commission for the CTBTO.

We commend the tireless efforts of, above all, the Chairperson of the Preparatory Commission, Ambassador Cristian Istrate, and Executive Secretary Dr. Lassina Zerbo for convening the successful Ministerial Meeting yesterday and today. I would like to congratulate you on its success with everyone present here at the Preparatory Commission for the CTBTO

The participation of Ministers and other high-level officials in the meeting contributed to raising public awareness on the CTBT. Moreover, it created a strong political impetus to continue and expand the support of the CTBT’s verification regime and to exert maximum effort towards entry into force (EIF) and the universalization of the Treaty.

The 20th anniversary exhibition illustrated the essential role of the CTBT and its verification regime and attracted wide interest, including media attention.
Mr. Chairman,

As mentioned by H.E. Mr. Seiji Kihara, State Minister for Foreign Affairs, Japan together with Kazakhstan, as the co-coordinators of the Article XIV process, will continue our dedicated efforts to promote EIF and universalization of the Treaty at all levels including the highest political level.

The Friends of the CTBT are in the process of organizing the Friends of the CTBT Ministerial Meeting to be held in September 2016 in New York. We appeal to all countries to be represented at Ministerial level to further increase the political momentum in support of our common goal of a legally binding CTBT.

Japan also attaches great importance to capacity building and will double the number of trainees invited to Japan to the JICA Global Seismological Observation Training Course as from this year.
Mr. Chairman,

We welcome the Executive Secretary’s report that China re-started its data transmission and commend the efforts of China and the PTS to that effect.
My delegation hopes that its certification process progresses smoothly toward its completion.
Thank you, Mr. Chairman.