Nuclear Five signs guarantees

May 10. Kazpravda

By Anastasia SCHWARTZ

Nuclear Five signs guaranteesAt UN headquarters in New York on Tuesday, on the margins of the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty (NPT) Preparatory Committee Meeting, five nuclear powers- the UK, China, Russia, USA and France signed a new Protocol to the existing Central Asian Nuclear-Weapon-Free-Zone (CANWFZ) Treaty that envisions creation of a nuclear free zone in five Central Asia.

As Kazakhstan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs notes, it is an important event in the field of nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation, which are of paramount importance in strengthening regional and global security.

In accordance with the protocol, the states, possessing nuclear weapons provide negative security guarantees (or guarantees of non-use of nuclear weapons against the parties to the treaty).

Kazakhstan as a consistent advocate of nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation has always attached a special importance to the institutionalization of the treaty and made practical efforts to this end. It expects that the signed Protocol to the CANWFZ Treaty will be ratified by the nuclear powers in the shortest possible time.

It is to be recalled that the Treaty establishing a nuclear free zone in Central Asia was signed on 8 September 2006 in Semipalatinsk and came into effect on 21 March 2009.