On 4 November 2008, Mozambique ratified the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT) which bans all nuclear explosions. This brings the total number of Treaty ratifications to 146. Mozambique signed the CTBT on the day it opened for signature, on 26 September 1996. Tibor Tóth, the Executive Secretary of the Preparatory Commission for the CTBTO, welcomed Mozambique’s ratification. On 26 March 2008, Mozambique ratified the Treaty of Pelindaba which creates a nuclear-weapon-free-zone treaty in Africa and prohibits the testing, development and stationing of nuclear weapons in a member’s territory (Federation of American Scientists/Secrecy News).