Kazakhstan to hold international forum for nuclear free world

April 19. KAZINFORM. KIEV

Muratbek Makulbekov

Kazakhstan to hold international forum for nuclear free worldIn October 2011 Kazakhstan will hold an international forum for nuclear weapons free world dedicated to the 20th anniversary of closure of the Semipalatinsk test site. Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev announced it during the nuclear safety summit in Kiev on Tuesday.

“The world’s largest Semipalatinsk nuclear test site, which functioned on Kazakh soil, conducted 456 nuclear tests. The total effect is equivalent to 116 Chernobyl accidents. The consequences will be felt for a long time. One of the first decrees that I signed as President of Kazakhstan was a document on closing the Semipalatinsk test site,” Nazarbayev said.

He reminded that last year the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon visited the former Semipalatinsk test site and praised Kazakhstan’s contribution to global nuclear disarmament.

The Kazakh President invited all interested international organizations and states to participate in the forum, which will be held in Kazakhstan.

http://www.inform.kz/eng/article/2372568

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N. Nazarbayev confirms Kazakhstan’s readiness to host int’l uranium fuel bank

April 19. KAZINFORM. KIEV

Muratbek Makulbekov

President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev has confirmed Kazakhstan’s readiness to store the international law-enriched uranium bank in its territory. The Head of State said this addressing the Kiev Summit on Secure and Innovative Use of Nuclear Energy.

“Kazakhstan is the world’s biggest uranium producer. We enjoy the significant scientific and research practice both in exploitation of reactors and exploratory studies in the sphere of experimental nuclear physics,” the President said.

“All the nuclear facilities of Kazakhstan are safeguarded by the IAEA. Kazakhstan is ready to extend contributions to strengthening the non-proliferation regime in the context of the idea of creating the international low-enriched uranium bank under the IAEA aegis,” Nursultan Nazarbayev said.

http://www.inform.kz/eng/article/2372572

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Nazarbayev suggests introducing mandatory stress testing of control and protection systems at nuclear facilities

April 19. KAZINFORM. KIEV

Muratbek Makulbekov

It is necessary to introduce mandatory regular stress testing of control and protection systems at nuclear facilities under the auspices of the IAEA and with the assistance of independent experts. Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev suggested this at the Kiev nuclear safety summit on Tuesday.

“Today, once again, like 25 years ago, the world has faced the problem of security of nuclear energy. Unfortunately, the reason for this became an emergency situation at the Japanese nuclear power plant “Fukushima”, which clearly demonstrated the lack of planetary mechanisms for managing global risks in the development of nuclear energy. It is obvious that further plans to build nuclear power plants require new approaches, particularly taking into account the intention to develop nuclear power in countries that previously had no experience in this area,” Nazarbayev emphasized.

He noted that the safety of nuclear power plants and other civilian nuclear facilities should be recognized as a major component of global nuclear security. It is needed to develop uniform, extremely tough and internationally recognized standards and criteria for safety of nuclear facilities. Without strict observance of such standards no nuclear power plant in the world should be allowed to operate.

http://www.inform.kz/eng/article/2372582

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Kazakh Government to allocate funds for projects completion at Chernobyl nuclear power plant

April 19. KAZINFORM. KIEV

Muratbek Makulbekov

Kazakh Government considered the appeal of the presidents of France and Ukraine, and decided to allocate funds for the completion of international projects at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant. Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev said addressing the Kiev nuclear safety summit on Tuesday.

“First of all I would like to thank the organizers and personally President of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych for the invitation to the forum.

On April 26 it will 25 years since the largest in the world Chernobyl nuclear power plant disaster. Without exaggeration we can say that Chernobyl was the starting point that made the whole world to think seriously on the safe use of nuclear energy,” N. Nazarbayev noted.

“Chernobyl tragic events are still a pain in the hearts of the Kazakhstanis, who are familiar with the negative consequences of nuclear radiation,” the President added.

http://www.inform.kz/eng/article/2372644

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