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UN: The Gambia joins 48 African countries to sign ‘Africa Nuclear Free Zone’ treaty

The Gambia joins 48 African countries to ratify the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT) at a time global security concerns continue to grow. So far, African countries remain compliant with the efforts towards nuclear disarmament but the West barely comply with the campaign.

This is evident in the historical events tabled by African leadership over the years. As far back as 1964, the then OAU made a commitment by issuing what was termed a “Declaration on the Denuclearization of Africa.”

With this, heads of States across the continent agreed to desist from nuclear weapons. The statement issued then declared their willingness to “undertake in an International Treaty to be concluded under the auspices of the United Nations not to manufacture or acquire control of nuclear weapons.”

This was followed by another significant move in the disarmament campaign as South Africa, a lead African country which owns lethal Nuclear armory decided to destroy everything amounting to about six warheads of Nuclear Arsenals to sign the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT).

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This show of commitment from Africa, as against the fact that, many Western countries still hold a stockpile of Nuclear weapons in this 21st century sounds bells of deceit and betrayal, especially as major “developed” countries refuse to accede to the shared agenda.

Prior to The Gambia’s ratification of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty, Seedia Jatta, a lawmaker in the country’s parliament argued that, Africa should desist from signing treaties that will prevent their grandchildren from manufacturing weapons to defend themselves against possible aggressions from the so called developed countries who are still holding on to such armory against demands to do away with them.

Do you think African countries need to reconsider their position on some of the international treaties, especially the very ones that the world powers remain hypocritical about?

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