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Switzerland Sticks with Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty

On the basis of a new comprehensive reassessment, the Federal Council decided at its meeting on 27 March 2024, that there is currently no reason to change its position on the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW), which entered into force in 2021. It has therefore reaffirmed the conclusion it reached in 2018 and 2019 and has decided that Switzerland will not join the TPNW for the time being. The Federal Council's conclusion is based both on the assessment made in 2018–19 and recent security policy developments in Europe and globally. The Federal Council considers Switzerland's commitment to a world without nuclear weapons, pursued within the framework of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), to be a more effective approach.

2024-03-27 11:45:24
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Quelle: Swiss Federal Council

The Federal Council has decided not to join the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW) for the time being, reaffirming its position reached in 2018 and 2019. Switzerland believes in pursuing a world without nuclear weapons through the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) as a more effective approach.

The Federal Council supports a world free of nuclear weapons in its Foreign Policy Strategy 2024-27. Switzerland recently declared in the UN Security Council that a nuclear war cannot be won and must never be fought.

An interdepartmental working group was commissioned to reassess the decision on the TPNW, considering recent security policy developments and the findings of the NPT Review Conference. The Federal Council concluded that Switzerland will not join the TPNW at this time, citing the limited effectiveness of the treaty and the necessity of working with, not against, nuclear-armed states.

Switzerland will continue to push for nuclear disarmament and strengthen the global security architecture through multilateral efforts like the NPT. The TPNW, which entered into force in 2021, prohibits the use, threat of use, production, and other activities related to nuclear weapons and has been ratified by 70 states.

The Federal Council is focused on reducing nuclear risks and developing verifiable disarmament treaties to further nuclear arms control efforts..

(Quelle:Swiss Federal Council modified with ChatGPT)

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Switzerland Sticks Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty