United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon issued a special message on the eve of the 25th anniversary of the closure of the Semipalatinsk nuclear test site. The text of appeal was posted on the official UN website. 29th of August is the International Day against Nuclear Tests, which was adopted by the UN General Assembly resolution in 2009 on the initiative of Kazakhstan. In his message, the UN Secretary General emphasizes that the world marks a quarter century since the closure of the Semipalatinsk test site in Kazakhstan, the place of more than 450 nuclear tests.

 

 ‘When I visited Semipalatinsk in 2010, I saw aftermath of toxic damage, but also the determination of the victims and survivors. I share their commitment to seek a world free of nuclear weapons’.

 

Also, the UN Secretary General has once again made an appeal to all countries and peoples to achieve the early entry into force of the Treaty on a comprehensive ban that adopted by General Assembly 20 years ago and quote ‘We were able to move toward a world free of nuclear weapons’ that wasn’t yet entered into force. 

 

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