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RUSSIA / CTBT

DAILY PRESS BRIEFING OF APRIL 21, 2000

STATEMENT BY THE FOREIGN MINISTRY SPOKESMAN

After the press briefing, the deputy spokesman made the following statement.

France welcomes the Russian Duma’s adoption of the law authorizing ratification of the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty.

It is pleased with this decision which is crucially important in the present context as Russia, a nuclear-weapon state, is one of the 44 states that have to have ratified the Treaty for it go into force.

France reaffirms its commitment to the implementation of this important treaty and the implementation of a universal, effective and deterrent system of verification.

I would remind you that France deposited its instruments of ratification in April 1998 and in July that same year completed dismantling its Pacific Test Center installations.