Pacific Islands Forum slams AUKUS pact, demands to keep region nuke-free

Henry Puna

By Pacific Island Times News Staff

The UN Security Council on Monday marked the 25th anniversary of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty, with calls for its entry into force and the elimination of nuclear weapons everywhere.

The Security Council commemorated the treaty more than a week after Australia, the United States and the United Kingdom announced their trilateral security pact that will entail the deployment of nuclear submarines in Australia.

Speaking at the event, theRobert Floyd, executive secretary of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization pointed to its “near universal adherence”, with 185 signatures and 170 ratifications.

He said the treaty “has created and sustained a norm against nuclear testing so powerful, that less than one dozen tests have been conducted since adoption, and only one country has violated it this millennium.”

In the Pacific area, regional leaders expressed concerns over the AUKUS pact.

“We will engage with all our Forum members to fully understand the implications of this announcement,” Henry Puna, secretary general of the Pacific Islands Forum, said during the commemoration of International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons on Sept. 26.