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31 Aug, 2011

Statement by Kazakhstan on Int’l Day against Nuclear Tests

August 29, 2011, marks the 20th anniversary of the closure of the Semipalatinsk nuclear test site which witnessed more than 450 nuclear explosions. In December 2009, the United Nations General Assembly unanimously passed a resolution, put forward by Kazakhstan, to proclaim August 29 as the International Day against Nuclear Tests.

The example of Kazakhstan, where one of the world’s largest nuclear test sites was shut down by the Decree of President Nursultan Nazarbayev and where a historic decision was made to eliminate the world’s fourth largest nuclear arsenal, serves as a convincing proof of the real movement towards a world free from the nuclear weapons. Nine countries have so far still not signed the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty (CTBT).

Kazakhstan calls on the world to pursue renewed decisive efforts in order to irreversibly ban nuclear tests and build a world free from the nuclear weapons.

Statement by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Kazakhstan on the International… — ASTANA, Kazakhstan, August 29, 2011 /PRNewswire/ —.