Montenegro may sign and ratify or accede to the TPNW, but will have to make changes to its policies and practices to become compliant.
At the Tenth Review Conference of the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) in August 2022, Montenegro said that it is ‘firmly convinced that a multilateral approach [to nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation] provides the best way to maintain and reinforce international peace and security’.1
In the First Committee of the UN General Assembly in October 2022, it said: ‘The manifest erosion of international trust and cooperation, along with growing proliferation challenges, puts the disarmament architecture to a great test.’2
- Montenegro should renounce the possession and potential use of nuclear weapons on its behalf, and ensure that nuclear weapons do not have a role in its defence posture.
- Montenegro should comply with its existing obligation under Article VI of the NPT and pursue negotiations in good faith on nuclear disarmament.
- Montenegro should urgently adhere to the TPNW. Until it is in a position to do so, it should welcome the TPNW as a valuable component in the global disarmament and non-proliferation architecture, work with the Treaty's states parties on practical steps towards disarmament, and attend the meetings of states parties as an observer.