June 6, 2006


General Assembly of the Organization of American States
Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

Adopted at the fourth plenary session, held on June 6, 2006

THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY,

Having seen the Annual Report of the Permanent Council to the General Assembly, in particular the section on the Committee on Hemispheric Security (AG/doc.4548/06 add. 2);

RECALLING resolutions AG/RES. 1747 (XXX-O/00), AG/RES. 1791 (XXXI-O/01), AG/RES. 1876 (XXXII-O/02), AG/RES. 1938 (XXXIII-O/03), AG/RES. 2008 (XXXIV-O/04), and AG/RES. 2111 (XXXV-O/05), "Inter-American Support for the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty";

RECOGNIZING that the establishment of nuclear-weapon-free zones is an effective and concrete mechanism which contributes to the maintenance of international peace and security;

BEARING IN MIND:

That paragraph 8 of the Joint Ministerial Statement in support of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT), issued at United Nations headquarters on September 23, 2004, appeals to all states to make maximum efforts toward the early entry into force of the Treaty; and

The commitment by nuclear-weapon member states to undertake effective measures relating to cessation of the nuclear arms race at an early date and to nuclear disarmament, in accordance with Article VI of the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT);

RECOGNIZING the value of the CTBT in strengthening the nuclear nonproliferation and nuclear disarmament regimes and its contribution to the consolidation and maintenance of international peace and security;

REAFFIRMING the need for universal adoption of the CTBT, negotiated within the United Nations framework;

NOTING that the CTBT has, thus far, been signed by 30 member states of the Organization of American States and ratified by 25 of them; and, in particular, that it has now been ratified by six of the eight states of the Hemisphere whose ratification is required for the Treaty to enter into force; and

RECALLING that in the Declaration on Security in the Americas the states of the Hemisphere reaffirmed their commitment to arms control, disarmament, and the nonproliferation of all weapons of mass destruction,

RESOLVES:

1. To call upon the states of the Hemisphere to implement the "Measures to Promote the Entry into Force of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT)," adopted in the framework of the Conference on Facilitating the Entry into Force of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty, held in New York, in September 2005.

2. To call upon all states of the Hemisphere to attend and participate fully in the next Conference on Facilitating the Entry into Force of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty, scheduled to take place in September 2007.

3. To call upon those states of the Hemisphere that have not yet done so, in particular the states listed in Annex 2 to the Treaty, to sign and/or ratify the CTBT, as the case may be, so that it may enter into force as soon as possible.

4. To promote cooperation between the Preparatory Commission for the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO) and the member states experiencing difficulties in ratifying the CTBT, in order to make progress in the number of ratifications required for this instrument to enter into force.

5. To recognize regional efforts to promote the signature and ratification of the CTBT by states of the Hemisphere.

6. To call upon the states of the Hemisphere to refrain, until the Treaty comes into force, from contravening the spirit of the obligations set forth therein, and to maintain, in particular, the moratorium on all kinds of nuclear tests, in accordance with the commitments undertaken during the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) Review Conference, held in 2000.

7. To invite all states of the Hemisphere that have International Monitoring System facilities to take the appropriate measures to facilitate the preparatory work for the CTBT's verification regime, which will become operational when the Treaty enters into force.

8. To entrust the Permanent Council with holding, through its Committee on Hemispheric Security, a special meeting, in 2006, on a worldwide comprehensive nuclear test ban, with the participation of the Agency for the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons in Latin America and the Caribbean (OPANAL), the United Nations, the Preparatory Commission for the CTBTO, and other international institutions with competence in this area.

9. To instruct the Permanent Council to carry out the activities mentioned in this resolution in accordance with the resources allocated in the program-budget of the Organization and other resources.

10. To request the Permanent Council to report to the General Assembly at its thirty-seventh regular session on the implementation of this resolution.

11. To request the Secretary General to transmit this resolution to the United Nations Secretary-General and to the Executive Secretary of the Preparatory Commission for the CTBTO.