Papua New Guinea
Practice Relating to Nuclear Weapons
In 1996, during a debate in the First Committee of the UN General Assembly, the representative of Papua New Guinea stated:
My country firmly believes that the establishment of nuclear-weapon-free zones at the regional level will build confidence and provide an opportunity for many non-nuclear-weapon States to continue to combat the proliferation of nuclear weapons and other weapons of mass destruction. In this regard, Papua New Guinea welcomed the recent signing on 25 March 1996 of the relevant Protocols of the South Pacific Nuclear-Free Zone Treaty – the Treaty of Rarotonga – by nuclear Powers France, United Kingdom and the United States of America. Papua New Guinea believes that by doing so, these nuclear-weapon States have consciously agreed to stop all forms of nuclear testing, manufacturing and stockpiling, as well as the trans-shipment of nuclear wastes to and from the South Pacific region.