Practice Relating to Nuclear Weapons
In 1996, during a debate in the First Committee of the UN General Assembly, the representative of the Marshall Islands stated:
The leaders of my region also warmly welcome the signature and ratification by Vanuatu of the South Pacific Nuclear Free Zone Treaty, the signature of Tonga and the signing of the Protocols to the Treaty by France, the United Kingdom and the United States of America. As a result of these developments, all States within the Treaty area have now given their support to the Treaty, and all five nuclear-weapon States have undertaken to respect its provisions. We welcome the ratification by France of the Protocols, and the Forum also urges early ratification of the Protocols by the United Kingdom and the United States of America.