Kazakh Sec of State delivers speech at 21st UN Conference on Disarmament in Japan

August 27. KAZINFORM

Kazakh Sec of State delivers speech at 21st UN Conference on Disarmament in JapanKazakhstan Secretary of State Kanat Saudabayev delivered the keynote speech at the 21st UN Conference on Disarmament Issues that opened Wednesday in the central Japanese city of Niigata. Well-known international politicians and experts in the field of nonproliferation are taking part in the event; Kazakh President’s press service informs.

The Secretary of State briefed the participants on the Kazakh President’s Address to the Nation. “Japan and Kazakhstan suffered from nuclear weapon most of all. August 29, 2009 will be the date of the 60th anniversary of the first Soviet nuclear test conducted at the Semipalatinsk test site. Over four decades Semipalatinsk had hosted about 500 nuclear tests, which affected 1.5 million people and the land of Kazakhstan”, the message reads.

On August 29, 1991 the President of Kazakhstan decided to close the testing site and half-year later independent Kazakhstan voluntarily abandoned its nuclear missile arsenal, which was the 4th largest in the world including 1,150 warheads.

In his Address the Head of the State emphasizes that the example of Kazakhstan is important today as the world is threatened with further proliferation of mass destruction weapon. Recently Kazakhstan suggested the UN declaring August 29 a Day of Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons. The initiative was backed.

K. Saudabayev also told about Kazakhstan’s approach to the issue of nonproliferation and reduction of mass destruction weapon all over the world. “Kazakhstan stands for early enactment of the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty, beginning of talks on development of the treaty banning the production of fissile material for nuclear weapons or other nuclear explosive devices. Kazakhstan considers that mankind should take a more radical step. Our President initiated elaboration of a new universal treaty on comprehensive horizontal and vertical nonproliferation. This idea deserves to be closely studied at the international level”, he noted.

Within the framework of the conference the Secretary of State met with Co-Chairs of the International Commission on Nuclear Non-Proliferation and Disarmament Gareth Evans and Yoriko Kawaguchi, Special Representative of the US President for Nuclear Nonproliferation S. Burk, heads of the UN structural subdivisions dealing with the issues of nonproliferation.