Kazakhstan and the United Nations demand an end to nuclear tests

UNITED STATES, WASHINGTON (OBSERVATORY) — Kazakhstan and the United Nations on Thursday called on all countries and civil society to end nuclear tests by encouraging the implementation of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT).

Kazakh Foreign Minister Biobut Atamkulov and Lassina Zerbo, executive secretary of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBT), arrived in the Kazakh capital Nur Sultan on Thursday for the Nazarbayev Awards for Nuclear Disarmament and Global Security.

The statement called on all parties to contribute to the establishment of a nuclear-weapon-free world on the occasion of the International Day against Nuclear Tests, declared by the United Nations in December 2009, at the initiative of Kazakhstan.

The statement stressed the importance of Kazakhstan’s decision to close the site “Semipalatinsk” for nuclear testing, describing the decision as historic.

The statement called on all countries to participate actively in the celebration of the International Day Against Nuclear Tests, which is organized at the United Nations Office in New York on 9 September.

On December 2, 2009, the United Nations General Assembly, on the initiative of Kazakhstan, adopted a resolution declaring December 2 of each year as an International Day against Nuclear Tests.

This day marks the anniversary of Kazakhstan’s closure of the Semipalatinsk nuclear test site on 29 August 1991.


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