Turkey supports all efforts for non-proliferation of all mass destruction weapons especially nuclear weapons, undersecretary at Turkish Foreign Ministry said on Thursday.
Undersecretary Feridun Sinirlioglu delivered a speech at a meeting on reviewing the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) in the United Nations.
Sinirlioglu said Turkey considered NPT the basis of the non-proliferation system.
Turkey, which is the party of all international agreements on non-proliferation of nuclear weapons, appreciated steps taken by countries to reduce its nuclear weapons, he said. Turkey welcomed a new Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START) signed by the United States and Russia on April 8, Sinirlioglu said.
Turkey also considered that Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty (CTBT) should be put into effect as soon as possible and Ankara invited all countries to sign this treaty, he said.
Sinirlioglu said Turkey attached a great importance to nuclear weapon free zones.
"We hope that states, party to the NPT, will benefit from opportunity created by this conference and will reiterate their promises for formation of nuclear weapon free zone in the Middle East," he said.
Sinirlioglu added that efforts for nuclear disarmament should be supported to end nuclear terrorism.