Switzerland decides against signing Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons
The Swiss Federal Council says that now isn’t the right time for the country to sign the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, which was adopted at the United Nations last year.
One of the reasons for not signing, according to a government statement yesterday, is that the treaty ‘entails risks in terms of both the continued advancement of disarmament diplomacy and Switzerland's security policy interests.’
Switzerland was one of 122 states who adopted the treaty at the UN in July 2017. It will come into force when at least 50 countries ratify it. Signatories have obligations not to develop, test, produce, acquire, possess, stockpile, use or threaten to use nuclear weapons.
Following a working group report in June, the government said that there are humanitarian, international law and peace policy considerations in favour of signing the treaty but that it’s not right to do so at the moment.