Kazakhstan’s antinuclear initiatives
Kazakhstan’s antinuclear initiatives became the topic of discussion for international experts at the United Nations (UN) Office in Geneva. The meeting was held under the initiative of President Nursultan Nazarbayev with countries that are involved in nuclear-weapon-free zones. Kazakhstan’s permanent representative to the UN Office and other international organizations in Geneva, Zhanar Aitzhanova informed the participants about Kazakhstan’s contribution to the global nuclear disarmament and maintenance of the non-proliferation regime. These efforts include the closure of the Semipalatinsk Test Site and the establishment of the Central Asian Nuclear-Weapon-Free Zone.
ZHANAR AITZHANOVA, KAZAKH PERMANENT REPRESENTATIVE TO INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS IN GENEVA:
- Our country is an active participant of the nuclear disarmament on the regional and global scale. Kazakh officials signed the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons in March to implement President Nazarbayev’s initiative announced during the Security Council session in January in New York. Today, we urged other countries to follow our example and join the movement of non-proliferation of nuclear weapons.
HARALD MUELLER, DIRECTOR, PEACE RESEARCH INSTITUTE FRANKFURT:
- Well, I think it is very important, in Central Asia it is, of course, the largest country. It has played a leading role in setting up the nuclear-weapon-free zone. It plays also an important role as a voice in the Shanghai Organization for Security Cooperation and I have watched with great satisfaction that Kazakhstan is now taking initiatives to enhance cooperation among nuclear-weapon-free zones. And I’m quite sure that the country will acquire an even higher profile through this activity.