Latvian ambassador gives letter of credence to CTBTO

Bahtijors Hasans, the ambassador and plenipotentiary of Latvia to U.N., OSCE and other international organizations, gave a letter of credence to Dr Lassina Zerbo, the executive secretary of the Preparatory Commission for the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organisation, on Friday.

After giving his letter to Zerbo, Hasans, Zerbo and other parties discussed current topics and international events that have relevance to the CTBTO. Zerbo discussed his planned activities for the upcoming years, which include a focus on interaction between science and technology, building the capacity of Member States and the work of the Group of Eminent Persons.

Hasans briefed Zerbo on issues such as Latvia's current preparation for the presidency of the Council of the European Union in 2015. He stressed that Latvia would cooperate with the CTBTO Provisional Technical Secretariat.

In 2001, Latvia ratified the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty. Parties that make Latvia's membership in the CTBTO possible include the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Radiation Security Centre of the State Environmental Service and the Environment, Geology and Meteorology Centre of Latvia.

The CTBT bans all nuclear explosions and limits nuclear stockpiles. To date, 183 countries have signed the CTBT, and 159 have ratified the treaty.