JAKARTA, May 19 (Xinhua) -- A two-day conference on nuclear test ban for Southeast Asia and Pacific Far East regions opened here on Monday, attracting 50 experts from 21 countries.
The conference, Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty (CTBT) - Regional Conference for States in Southeast Asia, the Pacific and Far East, was also attended by officials from the United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs, United Nations Regional Center for Peace and Disarmament, and representatives from the European Union.
The event was aimed at pushing forward the enforcement of the CTBT regime in those regions and boosting capacity building for countries willing to take the benefits from CTBT technologies for science and peace purposes, the Indonesia Foreign Ministry said in a statement.
Capacity building was also sought for countries willing to implement the CTBT nationwide.
The conference would also discuss the role of the CTBT regime in preserving peace and stability in the regions.
The conference was in line with Indonesia's interests in promoting nuclear disarmament drive, the statement said.
Indonesia, which co-chairs the Article XIV CTBT Conference for the period of 2013 to 2015 with Hungary, has the mandate to promote the universality and enforcement of the CTBT.