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Thailand Becomes Party to Agreements on Peaceful Use of Nuclear Energy

Since the entry into force of the Nuclear Energy for Peace Act, B.E. 2559 (2016) on 1 February 2017, Mr. Songsak Saicheua, Thailand’s Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), met Mr. Yukiya Amano, IAEA Director General, to present Thailand’s instrument of accession and the instrument of ratification to the amendment to the following important international agreements on the peaceful use of nuclear energy:

1. The Convention on the Physical Protection of Nuclear Material (CPPNM);

2. Amendment to the Convention on the Physical Protection of Nuclear Material (CPPNM);

3. The Convention on Nuclear Safety (CNS);

4. The Joint Convention on the Safety of Spent Fuel Management and on the Safety of Radioactive Waste Management.

Conventions No. 1 and No. 2 will enter into force on 19 July 2018, while conventions No. 3 and No. 4 will enter into force on 1 October 2018.

According to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, becoming party to these multilateral frameworks showcases Thailand’s commitment to further strengthen our nuclear safety and security. Moreover, Thailand plans to continue on this trajectory and become party to other nuclear-related international agreements, such as the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT) and the International Convention on the Suppression of Acts of Nuclear Terrorism (ICSANT).

The peaceful use of nuclear energy constitutes the use of nuclear energy for research and development for the sake of making technological advances that can be applied to various fields, such as agriculture, public health, and the environment. These advances can contribute to raising people’s quality of life, adding more value to their business endeavors, and driving progress in industry and other related sectors.

Thailand, as a member of the international community, has always cooperated with other countries to establish standards of control for the peaceful use of nuclear energy that are transparent, effective, and truly ensure peaceful benefits.

Source: National News Bureau of Thailand (NNT) National News Bureau & Public Relations : http://thainews.prd.go.th