ISSN: 1391 - 0531
Sunday, May 27, 2007
Vol. 41 - No 52

Lanka loses CTBT voting right

Sri Lanka has been suspended from voting at the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty Organisation’s Preparatory Commission due to non-payment of dues amounting to euros. 8,256 (one million rupees).

Sri Lanka signed the Comprehensive (nuclear) Test Ban Treaty (CTBT) in October 2006 but is yet to rectify it. The PrepCom is funded by contributions from parties to the CTBT.

The United States which is responsible for nearly a quarter of the agency's $100 million annual budget, also lost its voting rights last week because of non-payment.

CTBTO has completed an International Data Centre and constructed more than 240 of the planned 320 global monitoring stations designed to provide real-time data on nuclear tests worldwide. The auxilliary seismic station in Pallekela is one of its projects.

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