Today the UN is to sign a treaty prohibiting nuclear weapons without participation of Russia and the US, UN News Centre reports, referring to Elayne Whyte Gómez, President of the United Nations Conference to Negotiate a Legally Binding Instrument to Prohibit Nuclear Weapons, and Permanent Representative of Costa Rica to the UN Office at Geneva.
“After our final review of the text yesterday, I am convinced that we have achieved a general consensus on a robust and comprehensive prohibition. This will be a historic moment and it is the first multilateral nuclear disarmament treaty to be concluded in more than 20 years,” Elayne Whyte Gómez told.
The decision to adopt the treaty was reached at the United Nations General Assembly in December 2016. 123 countries signed the resolution, while about 30 nuclear weapons States, including Russia, voted against it. China was the only one of five permanent-member states to abstain.
The negotations on the treaty started this March and were held without many countries’ participation, among which the USA and Russia.