President Remengesau last week formally asked the Olbiil Era Kelulau to ratify the United Nations Treaty on the prohibition of Nuclear Weapons which Palau signed on September 20 at the United Nations headquarters in New York, amid the North Korea’s nuclear threat on Guam and the Pacific region.
Palau was among the fifty (50) States which have signed the treaty. The treaty ill enter into force 90 days after 50 countries have ratified it.
Remengesau in his letter to the Olbiil Era Kelilau leadership said that the treaty comes in a critical time for Palau.
“For the first time in more than 50 years, the Pacific faces the reality of nuclear testing. For the first time in more than 50 years, Pacific Islands have been threatened with nuclear annihilation,” Remengesau stated in his October 6 letter.
U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres was quoted as saying that “there remain some fifteen thousand nuclear weapons in existence. We cannot allow these doomsday weapons to endanger our world and our children’s future.”
Remengesau said Palau is taking a lead in the effort to take a step toward a nuclear-free future as what the country has done in the past when it stood its ground against the non-proliferation of nuclear weapon.
The president said Palau couldn’t be silent while nuclear threats continue in the region
The treaty prohibits signatories from developing, testing, manufacturing, possessing, or threatening to use nuclear weapons. Nations are also prohibited from transferring nuclear weapons to one another.
One of Palau’s strongest ally the United States said they had no intention of joining the treaty, arguing that it “clearly disregards the realities of the international security environment. (B. Carreon) [/restrict]