Kazakhstan is promoting the idea of peace as noted by participants of the laying flowers to the monument to victims of nuclear tests in Ypres, Belgium. The ceremony was held on the eve of the 25th anniversary of the closure of Semipalatinsk nuclear test site. It’s quite remarkable that the monument to victims of nuclear tests presented by Kazakhstan is located in Ypres.

 

Campaign participants laid wreaths and observed a minute of silence to the victims of the tragedy.

 

Almaz HAMZAYEV, AMBASSADOR OF KAZAKHSTAN TO BELGIUM:

Kazakhstan is an example of a leading country in this cause and keeps encouraging other countries to vote for the creation of a strong, nuclear-free world. In Central Asia, we, together with our neighbors created such area. The majority of work was done by our President Nursultan Nazarbayev in this direction. Last year, we made another contribution by setting up the low-enriched uranium nuclear fuel bank in our territory.

 

Jan DURNEZ, MAYOR OF YPRES:

On August 29, the President of Kazakhstan decided to close down the nuclear test site 25 years ago. That fact that Kazakhstan was young state with fourth largest nuclear arsenal abandoned and, became an engine of this idea. The whole Europe expresses its respect. World peace is our common goal. Ypres continues to cooperate with Shimei, Hiroshima and Nagasaki as part of the ‘Mayors for Peace’ organization in order to achieve a world free of nuclear weapons.

 

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