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Tuesday, November 19th, 2019

Kazakhstan, Japan voice support for the Nuclear Test Ban Treaty

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Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Kazakhstan Kairat Abdrakhmanov, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan Fumio Kishida, and Executive Secretary of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO) Preparatory Commission made a joint statement to support the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT) in Vienna.

Speaking at the press briefing following the adoption of this tripartite document, the Permanent Representative of the Republic of Kazakhstan to the International Organizations in Vienna Kairat Sarybay stressed the historic importance of the decision of the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev to close the Semipalatinsk test site in 1992, which led to terminations of nuclear tests at test sites in other countries, thus laying the groundwork for the adoption of the CTBT in 1996.

K. Sarybay drew attention to the importance and timeliness of the Head of State’s initiatives set out in the Manifesto The World. The XXI Century, as well as the International Day Against Nuclear Tests and the ATOM Project.

The joint statement of the Foreign Ministers of Kazakhstan and japan and the Executive Secretary of the CTBTO Preparatory Commission stresses the commitment to the efforts necessary to build a world free of nuclear weapons, among which are the early entry into force of the CTBT, universalization of the treaty, and the strengthening of the nuclear tests detection control regime. Based on the experience of Kazakhstan and Japan in overcoming the catastrophic consequences of nuclear weapons, the parties called for renewing and intensifying the above-mentioned efforts.

Source: Government of the Republic of Kazakhstan

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