"CTBTO seeks to make of Tunisia African hub for monitoring nuclear tests"(Lassina Zerbo) | Tunisia News Gazette

“CTBTO seeks to make of Tunisia African hub for monitoring nuclear tests”(Lassina Zerbo)

“Tunisia is one of the countries that has done outstanding work in the field of technology dedicated to monitoring nuclear tests,” said Executive Secretary of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organisation (CTBTO) Lassina Zerbo.

“CTBTO seeks to make of Tunisia an African hub for monitoring nuclear tests and update the countries of the continent about new technologies in this field,” she added in her remarks at the opening Monday in Tunis of a regional workshop and a training session on infrasound technologies dedicated to national data centres.

The workshop is jointly organised by the National Centre for Cartography and Remote Sensing (CNCT) and the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organisation.

According to Zerbo, the choice of Tunisia to host this technical workshop is explained by the Tunisian skills’ high level of expertise and the country’s determination to honour its commitments to the CTBT.

“Tunisia is a good choice to promote Africa’s contribution to world peace and stability,” she pointed out.

Taking the floor, CNCT Director Zuhaier Jendli told TAP that this workshop aims to develop the technical skills of Tunisia and Africa in the fields of infrasound.

It is also an opportunity to help African partners acquire the tools, data and other software required for monitoring nuclear tests, he indicated.

Tunisia has ratified the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty since 2004.

In 2013, the Tunisian government also signed an agreement with the CTBTO for the creation of a seismic detection station and an infrasound station.

With 183 signatures and 161 ratifications, the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty is one of the most widely held instruments in the field. It aims to prohibit and prevent experimental nuclear explosions and is an essential contributor to regional and global peace and security.

By curbing the development and improvement of nuclear weapons, it considerably hampers the achievement by States of a first nuclear device or the development of more powerful weapons. It thus helps to build trust between states, particularly in areas haunted by the spectre of nuclear war, and contributes in a very practical way to nuclear non-proliferation and disarmament.

Source: TAP News Agency

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