Practice Relating to Nuclear Weapons
In 1996, during a debate in the First Committee of the UN General Assembly, the representative of Togo stated:
[M]y delegation welcomes the signing, in April 1996 in Cairo, of the Pelindaba Treaty and its protocols, making Africa a nuclear-weapon-free zone. We also welcome the many other positive developments, including, among others, the entry into force of the SALT I Treaty, the signing of the SALT II Treaty by the parties concerned, the adoption on 10 September 1996 of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT), the ratification by 64 States of the Convention banning chemical weapons, which we hope will soon enter into force, and the signing in December 1995 of the Bangkok Treaty, making South-East Asia a nuclear-weapon-free zone. This long list of positive acts bears witness to the constantly growing interest shown by the community of nations in questions of disarmament, which are considered to be one of the ways that will permit the establishment or safeguarding of international peace and security.