The heads of two largest international organizations were awarded the medal ‘25th Independence Anniversary of Kazakhstan’ at the Kazakh Embassy in Austria. In accordance with President Nazarbayev’s decree, IAEA (International Atomic Energy Agency) Director General Yukiya Amano and CTBTO (Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization) Executive Secretary Lassina Zerbo received awards for their contributions to cooperation development. Delivering a speech at the awarding ceremony, Kazakh Ambassador to Austria Kairat Sarybai emphasized that President Nazarbayev highly appreciates the activities of the IAEA (International Atomic Energy Agency) and the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization. The ceremony participants also discussed Nursultan Nazarbayev’s initiatives proposed at the 70th session of the UN General Assembly. They particularly stressed Kazakhstan’s contribution to strengthening international security and promotion of anti-nuclear campaign.

YUKIYA AMANO, IAEA DIRECTOR GENERAL:

I really would like to thank President Nazarbayev to have recognized the good cooperation between your country and IAEA and the activities of the IAEA for peace and development.

LASSINA ZERBO, CTBTO EXECUTIVE SECRETARY:

I feel honored, humble, touched I should say by this personal recognition not only for me but it’s for a cooperation, long standing cooperation between CTBTO and the Kazakh government under President Nazarbayev’s leadership. 25 years of Kazakhstan Independence means the 25 years since closing Semipalatinsk nuclear test site. 

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