KUALA LUMPUR – The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has welcomed Malaysia’s decision to participate and ratify the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW) today.
Head of ICRC Kuala Lumpur Regional Delegation Biljana Milosevic, in a statement today, said ICRC alongside with the Malaysian Red Crescent Society is committed to continue supporting Malaysia’s efforts towards global nuclear disarmament.
“It takes courage and sense of responsibility to the generations of today and tomorrow to take the path towards a world without nuclear weapons. That Malaysia has remained steadfast on this issue should serve as an encouragement to others to walk the same path for humanity.
“Malaysia has always been a strong supporter of global nuclear disarmament, as evidenced by its contributions leading up to and during negotiations on the TPNW,” it said.
It said to illustrate, Malaysia, together with Costa Rica, had submitted a proposal on nuclear disarmament in the form of a ‘Model Nuclear Weapons Convention’ as a discussion document in the United Nations General Assembly in 1997.
Malaysia is also consistently engaged in the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) regime, having chaired the third session of the preparatory committee of the NPT Review Conference and in 2021, Malaysia will chair Main Committee I at the NPT Review Conference, it said.
Today’s signing makes Malaysia the 46th state to ratify the treaty, which will enter into force 90 days after the 50th instrument of ratification is deposited.
Earlier, Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein had signed the instrument of ratification of the TPNM at Wisma Putra.
Hishammuddin wrote on his official Twitter account @HishammuddinH2O: “Ratifying #TPNW is Malaysia’s effort to advance #NuclearDisarmament, reaffirming our unwavering commitment & support towards the total elimination of #NuclearWeapons”.